Standard Comic Book Template for Procreate

“Standard Comic Book Page Template for Procreate” is a package of five quality-made, high resolution (300 and 450dpi) template files for digital comic book artists, built using Comixology Submit's recommended page specs.

Also included in this template package are three Procreate brushes used for creating panel borders.

The template pages are meant to be used by digital comic book artists of any experience level, whether you are a professional working on a pitch, a student making a portfolio to take to comic conventions, or a Hobbyist creating a comic for their own enjoyment.

IMPORTANT NOTE: DO NOT PURCHASE THESE TEMPLATES IF YOU DO NOT OWN AN IPAD PRO (12.9 INCH MODEL). These templates are NOT optimized for any other iPad.

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Here’s what’s included in this package of page templates.

5 Page Templates in the Procreate file format at 450DPI, and 300DPI:

  • Single Page Templates
    • 1 Cover Page
    • 1 Interior page
    • 1 thumbnail page
  • Double Page Templates
    • 1 Cover Page
    • 1 Interior page

3 Procreate Brushes for the 450DPI, and 300DPI page templates.

  • 1 single line Procreate brush for creating a single line panel border
  • 1 double line Procreate brush for creating a double line panel border including a gutter space. Note: The default size for this brush matches the template well and should not be resized.
  • 1 Square Procreate brush for erasing panel borders
  • SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS (for the procreate brushes)
    • The size of the panel border brushes are tailored to fit the templates they are meant to be used in.
      • The 450dpi panel border brushes must be used with the 450dpi page templates.
      • The 300dpi panel border brushes must be used with the 300dpi page templates.

Features

Trim, Type safe, and Bleed markings

  • Trim is the final size of your comic page after it has been printed and cut to size by the printer.
  • Live Area is the area that you can safely place artwork and text that will not get cut off in the timing process. Your logo, panels, and artwork will go here.
  • Bleed is the area that is not expected to be printed but may be printed if the printer’s trimming of the comic is not precise. This template allows for an industry standard of 0.25″ of bleed. Only non essential artwork details should be placed in the bleed area.

Available In Two Print-Capable Resolutions

Included in the file package, are templates and brushes at print resolutions of 45DPI, and 300DPI.

450DPI:
These files are the at the highest resolution currently possible for Procreate on the iPad Pro (12.9 inch model).

  • Due to Procreate file size limitations, 450DPI is currently the highest resolution possible. As trade off to having a print-resolution file, there are a maximum of 12 layers available to use in the single page template file.
  • In the double page 450DPI template file, the layer maximum is drastically reduced to 4 Layers. This is an unavoidable limitation imposed by Procreate on the iPad.

300DPI:
These files allow for a greater number of layers compared to the 450DPI files.

Changeable background color

The background is on a separate color block layer, and can be changed to any color you require with a couple of clicks.

Changeable color and opacity for template information and markings

  • Template Markings Color: The template elements (Creator info, page info, crop marks etc.) are on one separate layer (with a transparent background) that can be changed in a couple of clicks.
  • Template Markings Opacity: If you require the template elements to be less or more prominent, change the opacity of the template element layers: they can be found within the “Page Template” layer.

Page Markings For the Single and Double Page Templates


The single and double page – Interior story templates include page markings for dividing the page into halves and thirds, as well as for creating panel border layouts

  • Halve markers: The halve markers can be found on the outer-most border of the template (a solid line indicating the Bleed border). The markers are small dashes at the top, bottom, and both sides of the bleed border.
  • Thirds markers: The thirds markers can be found on dotted line directly next to the Bleed border line (This line indicates Trim). They are small markings at the top, bottom, and both sides of the solid border.
  • Panel Border Markings: The panel markers are based on a 36 panel grid. While you will very likely never need 36 panels, it allows for a high degree of flexibility when creating panel layouts for your page.
    • Here’s a very short list of the near infinite panel layout combinations possible using this 36 panel grid.
      • 6 Panels of equal size.
      • 9 Panels of equal size.
      • 5 panels starting with a large establishing shot.
      • 4 horizontal panels of varying heights
      • 6 vertical panels for a fast paced tic tac toe sequence of events.
      • 4 Panels starting with a large vertical panel for impactful character intro shots.

Template Files: Cover Pages – Single Page, Double Page

These two templates are for a single, or double page cover. Included in the template are markings for logo placement and four UPC code locations.

The logo and UPC code size and locations guides are approximate, based on current comic book cover logo and UPC code placement. The UPC code you use on your comic cover may not be exactly the size indicated in these templates. It should be close though.

  • Logo Placement: On the top 1/4 of the type safe area are markings on the left and right side of the template that indicate a possible location for your comic’s logo.
  • UPC code Placement: On the bottom left and right corners, there are markings for both horizontal and vertical layouts of a UPC code.

Template Files: Thumbnails Page

This template includes single page and double page thumbnail layouts.

  • There are two thumbnail layout layers that can be turned on and off, depending on your needs. These layers can be found in the layer folder “Thumbnail Borders”
    • “Single Page”: This layer contains 9 single page thumbnails
    • “Double page”: This layer contains 3 Double page thumbnails
      • In the case you need a double page thumbnail for page 4 (for example), copy a double page thumbnail from the “Double Page” layer and paste it. It will paste automatically on a new layer. Select the “Single Page” layer and delete thumbnails for pages 4 and 5. Position the double page thumbnail and merge the new double page layer with the “Single Page” layer. Done.

Tech Specs

Technical Requirements

You MUST have all of the following items to be able to use this package of comic book page templates.

  • iPad Pro (12.9 inch model)
  • Procreate for iPad (the most recent version)
  • Dropbox (for transferring the templates to procreate)

Template: Page Specs.

Single Page, and Thumbnail Page

  • Bleed Size (including bleed): 10.3128″ x 15.656″
  • Trim Size: 9.9378″ x 15.281″
  • Live Area: 9.1878″ x 14.531″

Double Page

  • Bleed Size: 20.2506″ x 15.656"
  • Trim size: 19.8756″ x 15.281″
  • Live Area: 19.1254″ x 14.531″

Intended Usage

Who Are these Templates Intended For?

  • Digital artists who use procreate on the iPad Pro (12.9 inch model) and intend for the artwork to be printed.
  • Independent comic book creators who are working on a comic book that does not have a specific publisher lined up yet..
  • Students who are creating comic book artwork samples to take to conventions or to post on community forums for peer feedback.
  • Hobbyists who are creating a comic for their own enjoyment.

Who are these templates NOT Intended For?

  • If you do not have the iPad Pro (12.9 inch model), these templates will not load in. DO NOT PURCHASE THESE TEMPLATES IF YOU DO NOT OWN AN IPAD PRO (12.9 INCH MODEL). Currently, The iPad Pro (12.9 inch model) is the only iPad that supports these page templates.
  • If you have publisher lined up, these templates will likely not have the exact page dimensions required by your publisher. (Note: If there is enough demand, I will create new templates for your project using your page specifications.)

Support

How to Use the Included Panel Border Brushes

This short tutorial video shows how to create panel borders using the three brushes included with the page templates.

  • Double Line Brush: This brush is for creating panel borders with a pre-set stroke and gutter size. By default, the size of this brush is not changeable. To make the size changable, alter the maximum size option in the brush editor.
  • Single Line Brush: This brush is for creating panel borders with a pre-set stroke size. By default, the size of this brush is not changeable. To make the size changable, alter the maximum size option in the brush editor./li>
  • Eraser Brush: This brush is for erasing the panel border lines. The tip is in the shape of a square to make 90 degree edges cleaner.

Additional Support Links

Here’s some how-to guides to get you started using the templates and brushes.