Originally Posted by Atronach
how do you make these?
I sketch and ink in Paint.NET using a stylus, then layout the panels and color in the characters in Photoshop. I usually treat the characters and backgrounds as separate layers, coloring the characters with directed shadows and the backgrounds with gradients.
I occasionally throw a simple texture on the backgrounds to separate them a little more and set the mood.
Word balloons are done last, since I usually don't have the dialog finalized until the very last moment. To keep them clean and quickly editable, I use a vector layer for the balloons themselves.
At the start I relied heavily on cut-and-paste and shaped Photoshop brushes but as the comic turned into "a thing" I put more effort into it, now.