So, following some rather unpleasant conversations with a few people who have sized things wrong, I thought I would make this for you guys for the Uru's Reign Cover Contest. First off, let me say this. Why are size requirements important? If I like an entry whose sizes aren't right, why not just accept it anyway? Because one of the ones I had to turn away was winner material, and I got that argument thrown at me. If I like it, why reject it? Because I have a size requirement for a reason. If you plan on continuing art as a career, especially digital art or graphic design, you WILL be working for a client. Being a professional artist doesn't mean you just get paid to do whatever the hell you want. No. You'll be given requirements to follow. Sizes, colors, cmyk vs rgb and so on. So in my contests I like to give you guys a bit of a taste of what it is like to work for a client (me) And this client (me) wants her comic chapter covers to match the sizes of the comic book pages. So, let's get started!
I have in this screen shot, chapter 3 page 31 of Uru's Reign. It's sizes are:
Width: 11 inches
Height: 17 inches
Resolution: 300 pixels per inch
(if you are using illustrator this is called tabloid size)
Dimensions are always given width/height(11/17). Which is why I don't understand why people ended up putting things in landscape(17x11). Seriously. Whenever giving any form of dimension, even in building construction, you give width over height.
I have in this image 3 size panels.
A.) New Document
B.) Image Size
C.) Canvas Size
This is what you get in photoshop when you open up a new file. And had you read the rules of Uru's Reign to begin with, you should have gotten this box (it probably looks similar for other programs too, I know it does for firealpaca and gimp) and in this box you could have easily popped in the dimensions of the file requirements I have set up. So, assuming you were one of the people who actually read the rules of the contest, you should have easily been able to pop in the dimensions in the correct boxes, and boom! You were ready to go and probably wouldn't have to read any further.
The image size box can be located by going up to the tool bar up top, going to "Image" and scrolling down until you find "image size" But DON'T DO THIS IF YOU HAVE ALREADY DRAWN ON THE DOCUMENT! Changing the image size is great for if you messed up on setting up the file and want to change it really quick BEFORE drawing. But if you try to change the image size with art on it it will stretch and warp your drawing.
If you have completed your art, then realize "well fuck, I messed up the image size" or if I have gotten back to you with a "this is not the correct size" or "it should be portrait not landscape" this is where you want to change things. The "Canvas Size" option can also be found under the "Image" tab on the upper tool bar. This allows you to change the dimensions of your canvas, without warping and changing the drawing. It does, however, mean that you will have to re size and crop some image stuff, because the drawing will appear to be off the image once you do this. But do not panic! If you change the image size and you realize that your drawing is off the page, just change the size of the drawing, move it around, and alter it accordingly to fit with the new canvas size.
I would like to thank the people I have asked to correct things and they have done so without complaint. In the client vs artist world you will be told to re-do art allll the time. Trust me, I had a graphic design internship and I frequently had to completely restart projects because the client changed their mind or wasn't happy about something. So those of you who can accept when I tell you to change your sizes, congrats! You are well on your way to being a client based artist!