Make Simple Comics With Photographs
Make simple comics, and do so by using photographs.
We’re all used to comic strips but they’re usually done with hand drawn images.
Occasionally, photographs are used in their creation.
Making simple comics by using photographs, is very easy and a lot of fun.
Basically it requires getting an idea for a comic and then following through with it.
You can start with the idea and then find the photograph(s) to make simple comics with.
Alternatively you can see a photograph which sparks an idea for a comic.
Finding photographs to make simple comics with
Whichever way the idea comes about, you have to find the proper photograph.
If you have some photographs of your own, look through them.
You might have just what you need there, just waiting on your hard drive.
If you have then that’s the most frustrating part of the project taken care of.
There are two other ways of finding the correct photograph.
You can pick up your camera and shoot the photo you need, or look for a stock photo.
It’s possible that you will find an appropriate photograph on a free stock site.
If you do, check it’s licence to make sure that you can use it as you want for free.
Don’t use it the way you want, if it’s not allowed under it’s licence.
You can buy one from a micro stock site, they’re cheap, but again check the licence.
The idea is to make simple comics, not ones that get you into trouble.
If you can use a photo of your own it will be better.
I used my own photographs
For this comic I used two photos, both of which I shot myself.
They’re the exact same subject, shot one after the other.
One is zoomed in more than the other, that’s the only difference.
You could do this also with one photograph, just crop it, and save it as a separate image.
Actually you could just use the photo twice, but the different zooming looks better.
In this instance I was browsing through my photographs to see if I could get an idea there.
When I saw these I got the idea to make simple comics with them.
This wasn’t a brilliant idea, just a simple one to illustrate this article.
You need to add text
However in this one, I’m just going to add some speech bubbles.
Having chose the photos, the next part is deciding on the text. and which part goes on each image.
In this instance there are only to parts to the text, they could have gone on just one photo.
If you were going to do this, place the first part of the speech above the second.
Alternatively place it to the left of the photo, with the second part to the right.
The comic will be ruined if the second part of the speech is read first.
Getting the speech bubbles ready
Prepare the speech bubbles on new blank documents.
You can do this in the same software that you’ve opened the photos with, or another programme.
Use whatever software you know and are comfortable with.
All anyone will see is the finished comic, not how it came to be.
If you can get it done in one programme great, if you need to use more, do so.
Adding the speech bubbles
I’ve shown how to add text to comics made using photographs in other tutorials.
The only part that can cause a little problem is in placing the speech bubble in exactly the correct place.
Get in to the habit of always saving a new version of any work you change.
If you make a mistake, and save it as the original, you’ve probably ruined it.
Save changes as a copy, and if it’s not perfect just do it again.
It can take a few goes to get the text bubble in the correct position, but you will.
It gets easier
When you get the bubbles in the correct position, you’ll forget that it took a few goes.
If you like making comics, obviously you can go on to make many more.
As with everything, the more you practice the better you will get.
Ideas will come faster, photographs will reveal their potential easier, and you’ll produce better comics.
How to show your comics
When you have all the speech bubbles to your photograph, or photographs, it’s time to present them.
If you’re doing a comic strip, you normally use three or four, images or panels.
These would be presented one after another, from left to right, in the correct order.
As this is just an illustrative comic strip, it’s only got two panels.
I’ve presented them, one above the other, to fit this blog better.
See some more conventionally presented comic strips here.