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									 Creating Comics with Comic Book Creator
                                                      (for Windows XP)
NOTE: In order to export your comics as PDF files, you must install the PDF Writer software. To do this, after you install
Comic Book Creator, run the setup program again and select Install PDF Writer.
NOTE: Comic Book Creator includes at least one Content Pack (a collection of clipart and other media assets). Like PDF
Writer, the Content Pack must be installed separately, by running the setup program and selecting to install the Content Pack.

     1. Double-click the Comic Book Creator icon on your desktop to start the program:
     2. As Comic Book Creator opens, you will see a splash screen with these
        choices:                Click New Comic Book.


     3. Type a title and author for your comic book:
     4. Select the initial content pack that you wish to start with (you can modify this later, and you can
        even create your own content packs if you wish).

     5. Next you will need to choose a page template for the first page of your comic book:

                                                              Click here to see MANY more page
                                                              layout templates to choose from.


                                                              Choose one of these page layouts.

                                                              Click Next to go on.


     6. When you click                   you will see the editing screen for the first page of your comic book:


                                                                                                              This is the Tools
This is the                                                                                                   area, where you
Resource                                                                                                      can change the
Browser, where                                                                                                formatting of your
you select all the                                                                                            text, text balloons,
media elements                                                                                                Panels, etc.
for your comic
book.



This is the where
you drag the
media elements
onto your comic
book page. Notice
that it the page
layout template
that you chose.



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Using the Resource Browser
At the top of the Resource Browser you can click these
Buttons to switch between the different collections of
Elements:                                                         When you click one
                                     Caption
                    Balloons (for                                 of these resource
                                        Boxes (for
Screenshots         adding                                        types, you will see
                                        adding
(this is where      dialogue text)                                the choices
                                        narrative text)
you access                                                        available here.
your photos)
                                                                  You can simply
                                                                  drag these elements
                                                                  into the panels of
                                                                  your comic book
                                                                  page.
Page Masks (these
take the place of                                                 Go from one page
your layout                                 Text                  of elements to the
                               Clip Art                           next by clicking
templates)                                  boxes
                               collection                         these arrows.


Adding your own photos to the Screenshots folder
In order to use your own photos (from a digital camera, from the Internet, etc.), you must save them into a
folder and then tell Comic Book Creator where that folder is.
    1. First, place all of your photos you need for your comic book into a folder (a good place to put this
       folder is in you’re My Pictures folder in My Documents).

    2. When you are back in Comic Book Creator, click on the Screenshots button in the Resource
       Browser.

    3. At the bottom of the Resource Browser there is a row if dice icons.                    This allows
       you to set up four different folders of images that you can access in the Screenshots mode. Click
       on the second icon (#2) to select it.
    4. To designate which folder this icon accesses, click the small folder icon that is under the row of
       dice. This opens a widow where you can select your folder of pictures for this comic book.
                                       Now whenever you click the #2 dice icon, you will have access to
                                       the pictures that are in this specific folder.

Working with images on your comic book page
  With your mouse, drag the images from the Resource Browser to the panels on your comic book page
  to insert them there.

You can position your image in the panel by dragging it around
with you mouse.

When you click on an image that is one your comic book page,
you will see a magnifying glass appear below it.
You can change the size of your image by selecting
a magnification in the drop-down menu, or you can
right-click the magnifying glass icon to increase it by 10%
(if you left-click it, it will decrease by 10%).
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Working with dialogue Balloons
To place a dialogue balloon on your comic book page, click the Balloon icon at the top of the Resource
Browser.                                         Type your text in the balloon.
A list of the available balloon styles                   If you click once on the border of
will appear here.                                        the balloon, you will get handles
                                                         that you can use to resize the
Simply drag the balloon from the                         balloon.
resource Browser into one of the
                                                         Double-click to get two green
panels on your comic book page.                          handles that you can use to change
                                                         the direction of the balloon arrow.




                                You can format this text by
                                highlighting and, and then use
                                the text controls at the top of
                                the screen or in the Tools area
                                on the right.




You can extend a dialogue text balloon to a second connected balloon. To do this, click the balloon on
your comic book page to select it. Then click the Add Secondary Balloon icon in the Resource Manager.

                                    This creates a secondary, connected
                                    dialogue balloon, which you can
                                    move to the desired location and type
                                    text in it.


Working with Caption Boxes
To place a caption box on your comic book page, click the Caption Boxes icon at the top of the Resource
Browser.



You will then see the available caption boxes in this area.
Drag the desired caption box from the Resource Browser into
one of the panels in your comic book page.
Then you can type text in the box, resize the box, or drag it to a
different position in your panel.

Working with Clip Art
To use the clip art that is supplied with Comic Book Creator, click the Clip Art icon at the
top of the Resource Browser.
                                             You will see the available clip art here.
                                               Drag the desired clip art image from here
                                               into one of the panels of your comic book
                                               page
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Working with Text Boxes and Action Text
To insert a text box into your comic book, click the Text Box icon at the top of the Resource Browser.


                            Drag one of the text box styles onto your
                            comic book page.

                            Then you can move or resize the text box,
                            and type text into the box

                            You can also create Action Text by dragging
                            this icon onto your comic book page

                            Then you can format the action text by using
                            the text controls at the top of the screen or in
                            the Tools area on the right of the screen.


Creating new pages for your comic book
To add additional pages to your comic book, click on the File menu and select
Add Page.
You will then need to choose the panel layout that you want for your new
page.
You can move from page to page by clicking these arrows in the upper right
of the screen:


Saving your Comic Book Creator for editing later
If you wish to continue editing your comic book project later, you must save it as a “.cbcx” file. To do
this, simply select Save As from the File menu. Then name your project and select the destination
(preferably the My Comic Books folder, which is in the My Documents folder).

Publishing your comic book as a PDF file or as an image
If you wish to print your comic book on paper, it will be best to save it as a PDF file.
NOTE: In order to export your comics as PDF files, you must install the PDF Writer software. To do this, after you install
Comic Book Creator, run the setup program again and select Install PDF Writer.

When your comic book is finished, select Publish from the File menu:

      Click the PDF icon here.

      Then select the destination for your
      file to be saved.
      If you wish to save the pages of your
      comic book as JPEG images, click
      this icon. JPEG images are great for
      publishing your comic book on your
      web site!

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