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Tutorial: Saving Strips In Progress

OccamsRayzor on 14. Nov, 2013 — Lang: English

Tutorial: Saving Strips In Progress
  • Description

    So many people ask about this, especially newcomers to the site. This is only a workaround, but it can be useful.



    How often have people expressed the desire to be able to save a strip and work on it later?
    The answer to this has always been "you can't", but that's not entirely true, if you remember a couple of simple rules.

    1 - You can't save text. I know it would be nice, but it's not possible. That said, if you want to avoid a lot of grief, it is always best practice to add the text after all the artwork is complete.

    2 - You can't save a mix of grouped and ungrouped items to the library. To save anything, it must be one single group of individual items, and you can't make a group of something that is already in another group. This is important.

    OK, so how is it done?

    Step 1 - If you can't see your entire strip, zoom out until you can.

    Step 2 - Click in the grey area beyond one of the corners of your strip, then drag so that your entire strip is selected.

    Step 3 - Click on this button

    Step 4 - Though nothing has changed position, all of your items now exist outside of their individual frames and they can now be grouped and saved into your library exactly as they are.

    Yes, this is just a workaround, but it can be useful if you want to spend some time completing a strip at a later time.

    TIP: You can just as easily save one individual frame into your library.

    Out of frame

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  • Gordon13 21.12.2015
    @prateek_a I am also idk
  • prateek_a 11.5.2015
    Has anyone run into issues doing this? The "Out of frame" button remains disabled after I complete steps 1 & 2 from the post. Any ideas on what may be missing?
  • gregheffleydude1 17.7.2014
    Cool tutorial!
  • ZTIAN 22.4.2014
    how do i group
  • Funny_Tomy 13.3.2014
    GG :D
  • Fizzle 9.1.2014
    Very helpful, indeed! Thank you!
  • BoredGoldfish 19.11.2013
    Thanks very much! Very helpful!
  • Argami 17.11.2013
    Yes, it's very helpful! The library saved me so many times
  • EdWilder 15.11.2013
  • TitiVonTranz 15.11.2013
    Thanks - might use that handy tip!
  • OccamsRayzor 15.11.2013
    @This_guy - some of my library items have colour over them to hide what's beneath :)
  • This_guy 15.11.2013
    This is if you don.t mind people seeing your half strips in your library... :)
  • thecomedyhen 15.11.2013
    Very Useful :)
  • SnakeYukin 15.11.2013
    Once you start creating more advance comic, that trick might not be as easy to implement. Still doable, but not as easy.
  • JUma 15.11.2013
    cool man
    i used to save caracter i can save more stuff...nice
  • ourWorld_Online 15.11.2013
    Nice tips. I usually just leave the creator open in another tab when I get tired of working on a strip, but this could come in handy for someone who doesn't want to slow their internet down by having extra tabs open.
  • paco_de_pinda 14.11.2013
    I would prefer the ability to mask groups with other groups, or give them (the shape of the group) the colour of the shape you're making with.

    But nice tutorial for newbies.
  • OccamsRayzor 14.11.2013
    @cirkuz - Absolutely. This is just a workaround that I thought of, because so many new people complain about it. The good thing about it is, because the items are outside the frame before being grouped and saved, the saved item can just be dropped onto a new page without having to ungroup everything. The only issue will be if there are any items that were originally extending outside of a frame, but even that's usually easy to deal with.
  • cirkuz 14.11.2013
    sometimes planning your strip ahead of time helps you also should figure time factor[time it takes to make your strip]...
  • abrotons 14.11.2013
    everything must be ungrouped

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