“For your graphic novels, what size canvas do you use at what resolution, and what size bleeds do you use? Any printers you can recommend?”
Asked by kirstencreates
A4 size at 300 DPI for single pages, twice that with standard bleed (¼ of trim size plus gutter) for spreads. I mostly draw books in spreads.
I do A4 because my work is in European format and I use the paper sizing that goes A1 -> A2 -> A3 etc. In America, the paper sizing is different (legal, letter, etc). The American graphic novel is about 5 x 7 inches in dimensions.
When I self-publish books I use a local printer based in Kuala Lumpur, so I can’t help yall out there.
If you are working with a publisher you should ask your editor/designer to provide you the template to work in.
Reimena Yee is a graphic novelist, artist and flamingo enthusiast.
She writes and illustrates quite a few webcomics and graphic novels. When not making books, she lulls away her time with essays on craft, life and experiences in the publishing industry. Some of her thoughts of art and life are rather unstructured and will evolve over time as this blog matures, as they should be.
Currently committed to being Alexander the Great's death doula. Is a nerd for all things spooky and historical.
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