Toy Story: Create Your Own Comics With AKVIS Sketch

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Comics From Toy Superheroes


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The author of this tutorial is T. Skaarup.

Using Adobe PhotoShop, PhotoScape, and the AKVIS Sketch plug-in he created a story about superheroes and presented it in the form of comics.

Finished page of the comics Finished page of the comics Finished page of the comics
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  • Step 1. The creation of comics begins, of course, with a script, and once that is finished, all that remains is to take a series of regular photographs.

    The main protagonists are the superhero action figures. Their vehicle is a spacecraft (which, of course, is also a toy).

    We'll use some everyday objects for the scenery: a camera bag, salt and pepper and two empty bottles. To create the lighting effects we'll use an ordinary flashlight.

  • Step 2. Arrange the action figures in interesting poses. Use the flashlight to produce dramatic lighting. Since the toys are rather small and will be photographed at close range, use the Macro mode on your camera.

    Here are some samples of snapshots:

    Toy Photo Session
    Toy Photo Session
  • Step 3. Edit original photos in Adobe PhotoShop.

    You can use Filter -> Blur -> Motion Blur to simulate motion.

    Backgrounds can be removed and replaced or a Gaussian Blur applied to make them appear more exciting.

    Try using Light Effects & Flares (Filter -> Render -> Lens Flare) on solid colors layers.

    Adding a Light Effect

    Some images benefit from using other photoshop filters prior to converting to a sketch. Consider using Filter -> Artistic -> Dry Brush to simplify the colors and reduce detail.

  • Step 4. Next use AKVIS Sketch to convert to roughly-drawn sketches (Filter -> AKVIS -> Sketch).

    Settings for Sketch vary from image to image. The author writes that he tends to use a higher Charcoal, higher Midtone Intensity, and longer Minimum Length to achieve a quickly hand drawn look. He also recommends Edge Tracing to be "on". Adjust the Midtone Hatching as necessary.

    Settings for the AKVIS Sketch Plug-in

    Press to begin processing the image. If you are satisfied, apply the result by pressing .

  • Step 5. Crop the image, if necessary, with the graphic editor's Crop Tool . To obtain a circular image use the Elliptical Marquee Tool .

    Here are a few examples after editing:

    Image After Editing Image After Editing Image After Editing

    Save the images under a new name (File -> Save as).

  • Step 6. Use PhotoScape’s Page feature to compose the page mock-ups.

    PhotoScape is a free open-source basic photo editing program available from For our purposes we’ll only focus on the Page feature.

    Features of PhotoScape
  • Step 7. A quick tour of Photoscape: Page allows you to make a page collage by placing individual images into different cells.

    You can choose the "template" from the gallery on the right side of the screen (red arrow).

    Click on the little acorn (seems odd) to set the page size. The default is 400x400 pixels which is too small. Set the size to 1620 wide by 2200 high.

    To place image, click directly on a cell and a dialogue box will open asking for the directory of the image you’d like.

    Page Settings

    Once all images are placed change the Frame – try using "Cali 11".

    Here is the result for one page:

    Adding Images, Adjusting Frames

    Save this image under a new name.

  • Step 9. Now we just need to add some text. We can do that here, in PhotoScape or in another editor.

    If you decide to use PhotoScape, use Editor (to add a rectangular background under the text) or the Batch Editor (to add a circular background).

    Text can be added to both of these backgrounds. Use the Comic sans font. The best combinations are black text on a white background or white text on a black background.

    Text Added to a Background

    That's it. Here's the completed first page of the comic:

    Text on a Background
    Create the remaining pages in the same way.


We decided to follow the initiative of the author, and process the images using a different method. Instead of using the AKVIS Sketch, we used AKVIS ArtWork (with the Comics style, of course).

Compare the results. On the left, there is an image created with AKVIS Sketch, and on the right, one made with AKVIS ArtWork:

Comics made in Sketch and ArtWork

操作方法 操作方法
   — ワークスペース — ワークスペース
   — 操作方法 — 操作方法
   — 写真からスケッチ画を作成:クラシック技法 — 写真からスケッチ画を作成:クラシック技法
   — 写真からスケッチ画を作成:アーティスティック技法 — 写真からスケッチ画を作成:アーティスティック技法
   — タイムライン — タイムライン
   — ツールとそのオプション — ツールとそのオプション
   — 背景効果 — 背景効果
   — スケッチ画にフレームを挿入 — スケッチ画にフレームを挿入
   — テキストの挿入  — テキストの挿入
   — キャンバス描画したようなスケッチ画を作成 — キャンバス描画したようなスケッチ画を作成
   — Sketchプリセット — Sketchプリセット
   — 環境設定  — 環境設定
   — バッチ処理 — バッチ処理
操作例 操作例
   — チューリップの鉛筆画 — チューリップの鉛筆画
   — カラー スケッチ — カラー スケッチ
   — 漫画へのビデオの変形 — 漫画へのビデオの変形
   — Sketchのギャラリー — Sketchのギャラリー
   — 人物写真の鉛筆画 — 人物写真の鉛筆画
   — 水彩画 — 水彩画
   — 静かな入り江: 風景写真から水彩画を作成 — 静かな入り江: 風景写真から水彩画を作成
   — フレーム付きの白黒スケッチ — フレーム付きの白黒スケッチ
   — 友人とカフェで:その一瞬をスケッチ画に — 友人とカフェで:その一瞬をスケッチ画に
   — 自己表現: 1分でスケッチする — 自己表現: 1分でスケッチする
   — 艶のあるリンゴ: プロさながらのタッチ — 艶のあるリンゴ: プロさながらのタッチ
   — バラのバリエーション — バラのバリエーション
   — Sketchでスムージングテクニックを使ってみる — Sketchでスムージングテクニックを使ってみる
   — タイムライン: 時間を止めちゃおう! — タイムライン: 時間を止めちゃおう!


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