My art? I wanted to be comic strip artist. The dream lived on for a few years as I attempted to create strips and characters and hone my chosen craft. The problem wasn’t desire. It was talent. Or, rather, the lack of talent. Well, if I knew then what I know now, and I had a Mac back in the day, I could have become the next Dilbert.
Today there’s a Mac app that can make you a comic strip artist.
Point And Click To Create A Comic Book
If you’ve ever wanted to create a comic strip, a comic book, or a graphic family novel, you know how difficult the production is.
Fonts, layouts, artwork, frames. Comics are a true art form but the Mac is what brings it all to the masses.
Comic Life does to your creative streak what you’d expect from a Mac app. Fun. Professional level results. Ease of use. Simplicity and elegance. Tolerable learning curve.
Think about the basic tools you need to create comics. Then, turn them into point and click, drag and drop features.
For example, why struggle to create speech balloons or photo frames, or that comic book look, when they’re all a click away in Comic Life.
Take a look at this layout page. The tools cry out, “Use Me!” Before starting your comic strip masterpiece, get some exercise using the tools by creating a simple travel story with photos from iPhoto.
You start with a built-in template. Choose the styles, backgrounds, frames, speech balloons and fonts. Point. Click. Drag. Drop. Drag to rearrange elements on the page.
That exercise gives you a quick idea how the tools work. To get serious, click to view the page layout templates. Every page element features drag and drop. Grab a photo or artwork, drag and drop into the template, rearrange to your tastes, add fonts and balloons.
Comic Life lets you edit page elements and text, including speech balloons. Built-in gradient tools give you options to create that comic book look. Shapes are drag and drop, all easily edited for color and stroke.
Tools? Comic Life has tools. You can control every aspect of the comic layout with floating palettes of tools, each a click away (use the Menubar or the Toolbar at the top).
The built-in shapes are free form. Not only can you rearrange their location on a page, but you control the shape.
Comic Life also has an option to comic book-ize photos by adding filters which take an ordinary photo and give it that grainy comic book look.
Even the fonts can be edited. They bend and stretch. And extra comic book style fonts are included (70 fonts).
Images and photos can be warped, stretched, cropped, cut, even drawn upon. Layouts include two page spreads, just like a real book or comic book.
What do you do with your masterpiece when it’s completed? Share.
Finished creations can be exported a variety of ways. Image. PDF. Or, uploaded to Facebook, or uploaded to iPhoto.
What’s missing? Not much. Your creative gene will get a healthy massage. What I’d like to see are multi-media elements where both audio and video can be dropped into a page component.
And, of course more page layout templates. There’s never enough.