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
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.