Photoshop Tutorial: Create a Powerful, Ink Drawing Panel for a Graphic Novel or Comic Book

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how to create the look of a powerful, hand-drawn ink panel of an
aged graphic novel or comic book from a photo. And then, how to quickly and easily replace the drawing. Before we begin, you can get the most current
version of Photoshop and Lightroom and 20 GB of cloud storage altogether for only $7.99
per month. Click the link in my video’s description to get the discount. Find an image that you’d
like to use for this project. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock. I provided this
stained, aged paper texture that we’ll use later in the tutorial. Its link is located
in the video description below. If you want to replace the background with a simple, but
dramatic gradient, you’ll need to separate your subject from its background by making
a selection around your subject. If you want to keep the existing background of your image,
you can bypass the next few steps There are many ways to make a selection around your
subject, however, for this example, I’ll use the Quick Selection Tool with a size of 10
pixels. If you’re using this tool as well, you may need to adjust this amount depending
on the size and resolution of your image. Drag your tool inside your subject to select it. To remove areas of the selection, press and hold Alt or Option as you drag over those areas. To check your selection, press “Q” on your keyboard to see it as a quick mask. To revert it back into a selection, press “Q” again. Click the Refine Edge button or go to Select
and Refine Edge. I did an in-depth tutorial on Refine Edge, so if you’d like to watch
it, I provided its link in the my description below. Drag the Radius a bit to the right
and output it as a “New Layer”. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the New Layer icon to make a new layer below the active layer. We’ll fill the empty layer with a gradient. To
do this, click the Gradient Tool and click the Radial Gradient icon. Click the gradient
bar to open the Gradient Editor. Click this black & white thumbnail and click the lower
left Stop. Click the color box and in the Brightness field, type in 10. Then, click
OK or press Enter or Return. Click the lower, right Stop and the color box. In the Brightness
field, type in 60. Then, click OK or press Enter or Return twice to close both windows.
Go to the top, left corner of your document and drag the Gradient Tool to the opposite
corner. Then. release. We’ll convert our image into a Smart Object, so we’ll be able to edit
the effects that we’ll be adding to it and allow us to replace our subject without having
to redo any of the effects. To make it into a Smart Object, click the top layer to make
it active and Shift-click on the bottom layer to make all the layers active. Click the icon
at the upper right of the Layers panel and click “Convert to Smart Object”. Make a copy
of the layer by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Name the top layer, “Photocopy” and the layer
below it, “Graphic pen”. Hide the top layer. We want your foreground and background colors
black and white, respectively. If they aren’t, press “D” on your keyboard. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the Sketch folder and click “Graphic Pen”. I’ll make the “Stroke
Length”: 10, however, you may want to adjust this amount depending on the size and resolution
of your image. Make the “Light/Dark Balance”: 100 and the Stroke Direction: “Right Diagonal”.
Then, click OK. The reason we made our foreground & background colors black & white respectively, is because the Graphic Pen filter takes on those colors. For example, if our foreground & background colors were inverted, our image would look like this. Make the top layer visible
and active. Go back to Filter and Filter Gallery. Click Photocopy. I’ll make the Detail: 5 and
the Darkness 50, but again, feel free to experiment with the amounts. Remember, you an always
change it at at any time, because all the effects that we’re adding to our image are
Smart Filters. Change the Blend Mode to “Multiply”. Next, we’ll make the border. But first, to
save space in the Layers panel, let’s collapse the Smart Filters by clicking the small black
triangles on the right of the layers. Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. Name
it “Border”. Fill the empty layer with any color. I’ll press Ctrl or Cmd + Delete to
fill it with white, which is my background color. Reduce the Fill to 0%. This makes anything
inside the layer invisible, but it’ll retain the visibility of all the effects that we’ll
be adding to it. Double-click the thumbnail to open the Layer Style window. Click “Stroke”.
Click the color box and pick white. Then, click OK. Make the Size: 8 pixels and the
Position: Inside. If you’re using version CC, click the “plus” sign to the right of
“Stroke” to add another Stroke. If you’re using a version earlier than CC, I’ll show
you what to do in a minute. Make the second stroke active and click the color box. Pick
black and click OK. Make the Size: 12 pixels and click OK. If you’re using a version earlier
than CC, click “Inner Glow”. The Blend Mode is “Normal”, the Opacity is 100% and the Color is Black. The Choke is 100% and the Size is 12 pixels. Then, click OK. Next, we’ll add a caption. First. let’s collapse the effects. Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer.
Name it “Caption” or “Text Banner”. Open your “Rectangular Marquee Tool”. Go to a corner and drag out a selection approximately this size. Fill it with white and deselect it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + D. Double-click its thumbnail to open its
Layer Style window. Click “Stroke” and the color box. Pick black and click OK or press
Enter or Return. Make the Size approximately 4 pixels and the Position is Inside. Click
“Drop Shadow”. Make the Blend Mode: Normal and the Opacity is 100%. I’ll make the angle
of the drop shadow 45 degrees, but you can make it whatever looks good to you. You can
also type in the amount. Make the Distance anywhere between 10 to 20 pixels and click OK. Right now, the banner is on top of the border. We want to place it underneath the
border. I’ll collapse the effects and drag the banner layer underneath the border layer.
Next, we’ll add a caption on top of the banner. Open your Horizontal Type Tool and font list.
I’m using “RedStateBlueState BB Italic”. If you’d like to use it as well, its link is
in my video description. I’ll begin with a size of 72 points, Sharp and Left Alignment.
Click to the left of the banner and type out your caption. To adjust its size, highlight
your line of text and drag your cursor over the “T” symbol to the left or right. If you
want to make a character larger, highlight that character and increase its point size.
To reposition your caption over the banner, open your Move Tool and just drag it. To save
more space in the Layers panel, let’s group the caption and banner into a folder. To do
this, Shift-click on the banner to make it active, as well, and press Ctrl or Cmd + G.
Name it “Caption” or “Text banner”. Make the top layer active. Open the aged, paper texture
I provided. To place it into your document, drag it onto the tab of the comic book and
without releasing your computer mouse or pen, press and hold Shift as you drag it onto your
image. Then, release. Pressing and holding Shift kept the paper texture centered over
your document. To resize and/or rotate it, open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctlr
or Cmd + T. If the paper texture is larger than your comic book document, press Ctrl
or Cmd + 0 to see the Transform’s entire bounding box. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal,
double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option + Shift as you drag it in or out. If your
comic book panel is vertical and you want to rotate the paper texture, go back to a
corner and when you see a curved, double-arrow, press and hold Shift as you rotate it 90 degrees.
Once your paper texture is sized to your comic book panel, click the checkmark at the top.
Change its Blend Mode to “Multiply”. Let’s name it “Paper texture”. Next, I’ll show you
how to quickly and easily replace your image. Double-click on any Smart Object to open its
source. Go to File and “Place Embedded”. Find and click a new image and click “Place”. The
Place Embedded command places an image into your document as a Smart Object. As you can
see, in this example, I already removed background from the subject. If you need to do the same
for your image, just repeat the steps that you did earlier. If you want to make the subject
larger, first zoom out of your document by pressing Ctrl or Cmd and minus key on your
keyboard a few times. Before I resize it, I’d like to flip it, so he faces the other
way. To do this, I’ll go to Edit, Transform and “Flip Horizontal”. Go to a corner and
drag your subject out or in and reposition it. Then, press Enter or Return. To hide the
old subject under your new subject, click off the eyeball icon next to the layer of your old subject. Feel free to make more adjustments in its size and position. When you’re done,
close the tab of the Smart Object. When you see this window, click, “Yes” to save the changes. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!

62 Replies to “Photoshop Tutorial: Create a Powerful, Ink Drawing Panel for a Graphic Novel or Comic Book

  1. I always find Great Tutorials when I come to your site. It really gives me some Great Ideas to make my friends Very Happy. Thank You So Much Marty for the Help you so willingly give.

  2. Very kick ass, thanks Marty. However your comic would of been worth more if it didn't have the paper stains. Ha Ha. Have you ever used "digital Strip" font for this kind of thing? If so do you like it or no?

  3. Wow… that is amazing!!! I just started in photoshop and this just gives me so much inspiration!!! Thank You Soooooooooooooooooo Much Marty for the Help..peace ^_^

  4. Hey! When I try to access "Filter Gallery" it asks me to rasterize the layer before I can proceed. This deactivates the Smart Object's function. I really need help with how I can go past this or this whole effect is worthless. I use CS2 by the way, thank you!

  5. how someone dislike any video of this channel,
    blue lighting tv you are great
    can you please upload full vector art !!!!!

  6. maiking a short film and i will definitely be using this effect in the credits! been watching your videos for over a year now. hands down you are the BEST at tutorials. As long as I follow each step I get exactly what im going for.

  7. Thank you so much. I like all of your videos .and I am very enjoying by them.keep going please don't stop learning us from your knowledge.

  8. Thank you Marty, this is perfect for a Giants Facebook Group I help run and it comes in Handy for Comic hero week 😀

  9. Marty you done ah awesome videos i like very much ur channel . plz give the files in zip folder its easy to access & try it out .

  10. >>-—————————> It helps a ton if you use photo subjects that "look" like they would be in an ink drawing.

  11. I am convinced that there is no better turorial on the internet. This not only about your Photoshop skills, you also have a true talent to explain stuff. This is crystal clear and cannot be any clearer. Thank you so much.

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