Flat­ting your comic art

In the first of a two-part se­ries, PJ Holden takes you through the process of “flat­ting” a page of line art in Manga Stu­dio

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PJ Holden “flats” his line art in Manga Stu­dio.

he process of dig­i­tal colour­ing a page of comics has, over the years, been sim­pli­fied into two parts: flat­ting and colour­ing. In­deed, many pro­fes­sional comic book colourists will hire pro­fes­sional flat­ters to pre­pare their pages for colour­ing.

Flat­ting a page in­volves tak­ing the orig­i­nal black and white line art and

Tadding a layer of sim­ple flat colours to the art­work that the colourist can then se­lect us­ing the Magic Wand tool. These can then act as in­di­vid­ual masks for sec­tions of the art­work for the colourist to work on. Manga Stu­dio of­fers a num­ber of great tools for help­ing to speed up this some­what me­chan­i­cal process and in this ar­ti­cle I’ll take you through this core dig­i­tal comic skill.

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