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Create Your Own Comic Art Board Template by iamjamesporter Create Your Own Comic Art Board Template by iamjamesporter
So I own a pack of this one brand of comic art boards and I love drawing on these sheets. But it turns out the measurement ratios are slightly incorrect and don't match up with the 6.625" x 10.25" industry standard comic book size. I looked all over the place online to see what brand made correctly measured boards. The only ones that I read to be correct, I couldn't find anywhere to buy! So I made my own template based on my calculations and am now printing them on 11x17 Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover stock (250 sheets for $26.19 at Staples online and it's fantastic paper).

Here are the steps I created to make a simple Comic BLT (Bleed, Live, Trim) Board in Adobe Illustrator:

Step 1: Make these three boxes within an 11" x 17" document, each aligned to the center of the document.

Trim 6.625" x 10.25"
Live 6" x 9"
Bleed 7.125" x 10.75"

Step 2: Group these three boxes together. We will call this Group A.

Step 3: Create a 1" x 11" box and flush it up against the top of the document. Duplicate and flush the second box with the bottom of the document.

Step 4: Free Transform Group A so that the top and bottom lines of the Bleed align with the boxes from Step 3. This should leave 1" margins above and below Group A.

Step 5: Delete boxes from Step 3.

Step 6: Center Group A within the document one more time for good measure.

Step 7: Print and draw.

I hope that's helpful to any of you wanting to make your own template! If you'd rather just use the one I made, feel free to download it and print it. It does have more specs than the simple BLT I just described how to make.

Rock on.
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DannysArtShack Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great man, thanks a lot. :) 
JoelPoischen Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Perfect man! Even the initials match mine haha! I will give this a try!
iamjamesporter Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Yeah, but does your middle name start with H? :p
JoelPoischen Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha no! 'D'
DRAKEFORD Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank u so much !!!!! :#1:
NoirartTexas Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Super stoked about finding this! I am starting work on my comic and I have been finding it difficult to find templates in my small texas town. Once I start producing I will send a link for you to check out!
iamjamesporter Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Glad to be of service! I hope you find it helpful.
GoryPaws Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Yes, this is just what I needed! Thankyou so much! :D
CRUCIFY-ORPHEA Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Oh my god you're a savior.
iamjamesporter Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
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