When I compress a .PNG file into a digital comic format, how do I create a two-page layout?

Anonymous July 1, 2014
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Aspiring comic book artist here. I am about ready to compress my .PNG files into .CBR files. My problem is, how do you present a double-page layout?

Are both pages supposed to be one (1) page or file? Or do comic reader programs allow for that, and (if so) do I position the artwork on those pages so that they connect?

I.E: Put page 11 art close to the right edge / and page 12 to the left. Also, should I have a white background on these pages? I deleted that (leaving the white and gray checkerboard look showing that there is no background behind the art) thinking the white background would cause problems with the reader program. Please help if you can, this is all that is stopping a 10 yr project from launching.

Mike

  1. Hovsep A
    July 2, 2014 at 9:46 am

    maybe the following can help to create? or you can create pdf double page layout then convert to CBR
    http://comicrack.cyolito.com/forum/8-help/2936-converting-pdf-to-cbr

    GonVisor
    http://www.gonvisor.com/

    ComicRack
    http://comicrack.cyolito.com/

    MangAI
    http://www.bitcake.com/projects/mangai/

    i think comic book readers should allow the view double page layout.
    C.B.R. : Comic Book Reader
    http://wfpbookreader.codeplex.com/

    Comic Seer
    http://www.xylasoft.com/comicseer/

    CDisplayEx
    http://www.cdisplayex.com/

    • Warmythologies
      July 3, 2014 at 1:13 am

      Ok. Thanks for your answer. It may not seem like big deal, but it was the last nagging question I had before putting my works out. Again, thanks alot and i saved my pages the way you suggested.

    • Hovsep A
      July 5, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Hi, thanks for your feedback:) if your question was answered then if you want you can close the thread as solved, from your makeuseof account select the best answer. Any other questions we will be glad to help you. Best luck with your comic book.

  2. Howard B
    July 1, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    The way I've seen it done is to create a double-wide image (i.e. "page06-07.png" This will display both pages as one (hopefully) seamless image (difficult to do as a scan without unbinding the physical comic book; alignment is tough. As a digital artist, it'll be *much* easier). It's customary to include both a double-wide page and both facing pages (i.e. page06.png, page06-07.png, page07.png)

    • Warmythologies
      July 2, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      Ya, you know it's funny as I was writing this question and for a couple of hours afterward, it sort of came to me. Also, I have stored in my docs. some penciled, comic art from other artists (professional) and one of those is a two page layout. Now, it doesn't say if it was for digital or print, but it would make sense.
      Thanks, for responding to my question, but I am not sure what you mean by your facing pages example. In your example, why would one need to have page 06 and page 06-07? Does that mean page 06 is shown twice? Or am I not understanding the process correctly? Also, do you know if I should keep the white background in my final CBR images?

    • Howard B
      July 2, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      As I mentioned, it's customary to include the single pages and the double-page spread; when I view comics on my tablet, I want the single-page version available to "zoom into" text boxes, for example, and still have the two-page spread for "zoom out to get the whole picture."
      As the creator, you can do as you wish, but it's become custom to include both.

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