What's Wrong With This (Lack of) Picture? Textual Notes on Using Comic Life
Using Comic Life involves a series of steps. Here's an overview of workflow, with tips to make your task easier.
Find Comic Life on a Public Computer at Earlham
Tip: Start menu >> Programs >> plasq >> Comic Life
Choose a Template and work with panels
Tip: You cannot change templates if your page already has content on it.
Tip: You can delete any panel from a template (click on it and press the delete key).
Tip: You can add panels to a template (select "drag a panel" from the resource area, screen right).
Tip: You can modify the style of any panel (click on it and select "style" pull-down menu near top of screen).
Tip: You can lock any panel so it won't move (click on it and select "details" from the resource area, screen right, then select "lock")
Choose your images and drop each one on to a panel
Tip: When an image is dropped on a panel it is attached to the background of the panel. As a result, when the panel is moved the image moves with it. To modify the image (but not the panel), double-click on the panel and the image becomes editable.
Tip: You can modify the style of any image (click on it -- be sure not to select the panel, though, see previous tip -- and select "style" pull-down menu near top of screen).
You can add multiple images into a single panel (hold down the 'Alt' key
when dragging an image into a panel). You can then adjust each image by double-clicking on a
panel and single-clicking to select the image you want to adjust.
Add balloons and captions to a panel
Tip: You can add another balloon to an existing balloon (get another balloon and drop it on a balloon that needs it).
Tip: You can add more tails to a balloon (click on the "+" button attached to the tail of each balloon and move the tails as necessary).
Work with pages
Tip: You can add another page to your comic (Page >> New page from template).
Tip: You can adjust the order of your pages by dragging them around the page organizer, screen left.
Publish your comic (save, export, print)
Tip: It might take a while to print, especially if you're using high-resolution images.
Tip: File >> Export >> Export to Image(s) allows you to save your comic book as a JPEG image that you can then send to people.