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American Comic Book template by SimonGannon American Comic Book template by SimonGannon
This template is very similar to the Blueline Pro boards found on the market. However, this one divides into thirds without rounding up (so is in decimal inches not fractional ones), has centre lines, and also accounts for the less-used 1/4 divisions (which I find useful for beat panels). [And so is actually completely different, really].

A little while ago I wrote a journal complaining about the comicbook template resources on dA. It rings hollow unless you do something about it. Of course, I didn't until someone I knew needed it. And so <copypasta>:


Some notes about the template.

Made in 100% cyan. This means when you're done the black and white, you can just grab the cyan plate and delete it (or, conversely, delete the layer).

Guides will snap to this, but be warned, everything is +/- 1/64th or so, so don't expect to make math. It's just a rough guide, and it shouldn't be visibly off, especially after it's reduced.

Blueline states that it will reduce by a factor of 87%. This might be completely true (will be if project is standard), however, this depends highly on what deal you get at the printer.

Crop marks are =at the edges of the page=. Bleeds need to be handled special. Talk to the printer or lead artist (who will probably be making the impositions or at least knows what the printer wants as files). Chances are in North America this is not a huge deal anyway. Worst case scenario, add just a 1/4" all around to the file dimentions, in an emergency - please note somewhere this has happened so that everyone who ever touches your file is aware.

American format comic pages. 10"x15" art.

All important visual information and text should stay within the blue.

Butt two pages end to end with no over lap to create 2-page spread.

Gutters are 1/4" as per standard. Gutters can be any size, but be careful with this as it creates a new impression. Be consistent or deliberate.


Gutter marks have center lines within them for optional non-gutter panel divisions.

Long lines are 1/2 devisions
Long and short lines are 1/3 devisions
Short marks are 1/4 devisions

I figured these out manually, so my calculations could be off. If you find any errors, please let me know!!

Should have done this in Illustrator, really.
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REDROOCOMICS Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SILLY QUESTION? IS THIS TEMPLATE SUITABLE FOR BOTH PHOTOSHOP AND ILLUSTRATOR?
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SimonGannon Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry it took so long to respond: This is a Photoshop file. It was initially created in Illustrator, yes, but I had uploaded only a PSD because most people have that.
It will open in Illustrator no problem, and can really easily be traced, I think!
Thank you for stopping by!
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REDROOCOMICS Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
VERY HELPFUL
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rorsdors Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Thanks this was really useful!
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SimonGannon Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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DiscountBinNinja Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I just spent two hours looking for exactly this.

Thank you. So much.
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SimonGannon Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad it might be helpful to you!
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Dibujantte Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Great work, thanks so much for sharing. Joy!
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SimonGannon Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I hope it can be of some use~
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rainbowblight Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
I think it's great that you took the time to do this! Thank you!
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SimonGannon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I always planned to do a manga and a european format one, and then I never got around to it... But the comment is encouraging, thanks. I hope it comes in handy sometime!
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KrisRix Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
YESSSSSSSSSSSSS
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