What are the best resources for making comics?

asked by Priyanshu Jain
49 contributors
8 solutions
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    #1Adobe Illustrator CC

    Adobe Illustrator CC

    Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based graphics editor software developed by Adobe Inc. This can be used to create different designs with its drawing tools. It is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $20.99- Varies by plan

    Rose Carr
    Written on November 29, 2017
    "Adobe Illustrator is probably the top name out there for comic making, yes. I think it's definitely top notch, but my one complaint is that I've had a hard time figuring out how to use all the functions. I feel like this program has much greater capability than what I'm using it for, but I'm what's holding it back just because I don't know how to use it properly or how to do everything I want to do. Maybe I just need to use it a little more."
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    #2PanelJam

    PanelJam

    PanelJam lets registered users draw comic illustrations together with other artists in the community. A "Jammer" is a part of the site's collaborative art project of comic strips.

    Websites

    Free

    Matthew Pierce
    Written on March 27, 2019
    "If you're dipping your toes into comics, or looking to connect with more artists the best comic making software has got to be PanelJam. Their tools allow for everything you need to draw, and it's a great way to practice as all their comics are commic jams - meaning that each panel is by a different artist. You only draw one panel at a time so you can try out different art styles or subject matter quickly. It's a great way to learn - fast!"
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    #3Pixton

    Pixton
    Pixton is an app that lets you create stories on your mobile devices. Choose the background, characters, speech bubbles and it will be ready in just minutes. Use it at work, school or just for fun.
    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Israel Rocha
    Written on July 20, 2018
    "The best resource for making comics is Pixton. For budding comic artists, the Pixton app lets you create your own online comic book easily. You can get creative and control all the aspects of a comic such as the background, characters and the story. It is all in your hands."
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    #4Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop is a photo editing software that became the industry standard today used by professionals and hobbyists alike. It has plenty of features allowing amounts of photo editing jobs to be done.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $9.99- Free trial available

    William Estrada
    Written on November 27, 2017
    "I have been using Photoshop for a long time now. I think it works great for editing photos and I actually use it to make comics in my spare time. I am not too successful at it but my kids do enjoy having me read what I create. Overall it is fun time, and I think it does a great job helping me to create comics and have fun with my family."
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    #5SketchBook

    SketchBook

    Sketchbook, also known as Autodesk SketchBook is a drawing and sketching mobile app offering numerous useful tools for a realistic drawing experience.  Its full set of features have been made available for free with the last update.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Julie Watkins
    Written on November 28, 2017
    "my girls who has interest in drawing finds the tools offered by Sketchbook."
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    #6ArtFlow: Paint Draw Sketchbook

    ArtFlow: Paint Draw Sketchbook
    ArtFlow 2 is a free drawing app that turns anyone into an artist. With this application, you can paint whatever you want. It feels as real as painting on a canvas!


     

    Apps

    Android

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Víctor Balderas
    Written on December 4, 2017
    "If you are into sketching, drawing, or just scribbling, this is the best art app I have found for android action. Powerful and full of features and tools. If your phone can handle it, the sky is the limit. "
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    #7Adobe Illustrator Draw

    Adobe Illustrator Draw

    Adobe Illustrator Draw allows users to draw elaborated illustrations and organize all your works with this official Adobe app. You will be able to add tons of layers, use a stylus, pencils, pens, and brushes and edit your creations and export them in many different file formats. 

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Christina Olson
    Written on November 28, 2017
    "I got this for my nephew who draws a lot. He enjoyed it so much that I got it for myself. I do not like that it auto-rotates the canvas sometimes. But that is a bit of a nitpick."
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    #8Clip Studio Paint

    Clip Studio Paint
    Clip Studio Paint (formerly Manga studio) is a great alternative to Photoshop, and one of the most popular programs for comic and manga artists. This tool allows artists to enhance their paper illustrations or create digital artworks from scratch.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free

    Kevin Qiu
    Written on December 1, 2017
    "I'm not much for making comments, but my son is pretty big into it. I bought this for him, and he seems to love it, which made me love it, until the school called and showed me some of the things he'd been drawing with it. He's a chip off the old block, that's for sure. "

Summary

Best What are the best resources for making comics
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Adobe Illustrator CCSoftware 11 Paid
2PanelJamWebsites 9 Free
3PixtonApps 9 Free
4Adobe PhotoshopSoftware 5 Paid
5SketchBookApps 4 Free
6ArtFlow: Paint Draw SketchbookApps 2 Free
7Adobe Illustrator DrawApps 1 Free
8Clip Studio PaintSoftware 0 Free
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