page layout design


Bleedlines and margins can be confusing to work with if you’re new to it.

Even tho I have re-read how and what is what when it comes to comic page layout (or graphic design in printing in general), I still can feel uneasy when I have to work on a comic page where so much of the outer edges are going to be trimmed off in print.

So if you’re working in CLIP/MangaStudio, you can make your own margins or use presets. Which is honestly one of the big main reasons I choosed to use this program as my main digital art tool.

If the margins confuse you at first, try to add a layer that covers the trimmed area or even the bleeding area. 

I did this in the two bottom screenshots. This helps me get a better grip on how the comic layout is going to look like. It serves as a little mental guide simply put.

Margins and bleedlines are important to know if you’re going to have outgoing panels like you often see in manga comics. If you’re going classic western comic layout with no outgoing borders etc, it’s a little bit easier - just make sure the layout has a consistent ratio on all the pages so they align up next to each other nicely in print.

the whole semester i was teeter tottering bewtween an A and a B in my page layout design class and then my final grade just got to me and i got a C ????????? ???? ???????? ??????? like i wanna email my teacher and be like this has to be wrong but what if thats right ?? how could that have happened ??????? i hate school like my grades nvr add up to what i think they are gonna be i just wanna know like how getting A’s on all the projects and labs, passing all the quizes, no late assignments, going to every class on time, and having one missing assignment adds up to a C ???????