A common question I get is what editor I use for making my comics look the way they do.
I personally use Photopea. It's a free alternative to Photoshop that you can use in your browser. It is possible to use it on your phone, but I heavily recommend using a computer.
All comics are put together on Photopea and then pasted as a custom background on CS. The only thing I add with CS is the dialogue and other text boxes.
For things like shading or lighting, I use "Blending options." Right click a sprite's layer and then choose the first option. You'll see a menu where you can apply all kinds of effects to the sprite. Mess around with it and try to make the sprite fit more into the world!
A visual comic guide will be made eventually as well as a blog post on the wiki. If you want your comic to look nice and are willing to put in the extra effort, go for it!
Just remember, even if it looks pretty, there's no guarantee it'll pop off. It's only important to have fun!
To clarify, if you submitted a zombie character for that challenge comic I made in December, (https://comic.studio/c/dimimpobuj) I'm happy to report that the ones I've commented on and bookmarked have made it in! There was a lot of very interesting zombies!
Daily Comic Studio Tips #2: Spoilers, Sensitivity, and Controversy?? Oh My!
When posting a comic, you're given the option to properly tag it for spoilers or if it contains sensitive or potentially controversial content.
When starting out or in general, it's best not to make these kinds of comics. Users would need to manually click the checkboxes when browsing comics to even see them!
Given the demographic of the site, a majority of users would prefer not to see these comics, so if it really matters that much to you, make something that doesn't contain any spoilers, sensitive content like blood, and controversial topics that prompt others to argue with each other.
Always remember to properly tag your comic if it does contain these things. Think of the children!!! faints
See you at 6PM EST tomorrow (1/24) with a NEW Runaways Amigos comic, starring a very bright cookie and her adoptive crow guardian.
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Daily Comic Studio Tips #1: Timing
Ever post a comic and get no interactions? Maybe a majority of users are asleep or at school! We can't all be on the site 24/7, so try to pinpoint when is the best time to post a comic!
Comic Studio uses EST or "Eastern Standard Time". It's the timezone used on the east coast of North America. Most of my comics are posted roughly around 6PM EST, because it's after most people have left school or work and before others go to sleep for the night.
PST - 3PM
MST - 4PM
CST - 5PM
EST - 6PM
This only applies to users in the US, however. For other regions with different time zones, I recommend finding a converter online to find a time that works for you.
If you already have a large following, this may not mean much, but if you're just starting out and want your comic to be the first one seen on 'Newest' by people just getting on, this could be really helpful! What time do you often visit the site?