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My first How To article: LEGO Comics
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Hi folks!
I'm gonna show you how to make your own LEGO comics.

This is what you need:

  • A story.

  • LEGO.

  • A digital camera.

  • Microsoft Powerpoint, or something like that like open office impress(which I use.)

  • Microsoft Paint.


That's all! It isn't so hard you see?

Alright then! I'm going to make a very short comic for this MOC to show you how to do it.
My story is called: Paul and the wall.
What will happen? Paul will collide with a wall and then he will say, OUCH!

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The LEGO part


First thing to do is making a diorama in which your story is going to take place. In my little story this is the diorama.


And this is my minifigure, his name is Paul.


Poor Paul... he is going to collide with the wall behind him... but he doesn't know it yet.

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The picture part


Now we are going to talk about taking the pictures.

The pictures need to be good. It would be pretty stupid if you would do all that effort to make a cool comic but with rubbish pictures... So!

Make shure you set your digital camera on Macro. This has most of the time the sign of a flower. If you do it correctly the camera will now be set on picture taking for short distances. The picture will look like this if you've done it correctly:


if you have not done it correctly it will look like this...

HORRIBLE!!! AAAH MY EYES!!

So, if that is working you should check the next option of your camera. The white balance. This is also very important. For example you use a striplight. This gives a pretty white light. But If you use a light bulp it will be pretty yellow. If you've done it correctly it will look like this:


if you have not done it correctly it will look like this...

You can see that this picture is very yellow, and that is not good!

Now you camera is ready we are going to take pictures!
These are my pictures:







some things you should be aware of :
It would have looked kinda stupid if this would have been the second picture...


Don't make it too dark! just get enough light. but not too much!


Keep the camera still! If it is necessary, then use a camera standard.


Macro is for short distances, but there is a limit about how short the distance is...


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The computer part


Now you upload them on to your computer and start making the comic!

First you copy all your pictures on one page:


On the next page you copy the first picture and place him in the upper left corner:


For this comic I use a narator block. Just a white square under the image to tell something about what is happening. This can be very usefull for comics with a lot of action.


Same story with the second picture.


But with the third we are going to give Paul the opportunity to say something. But first we place the picture in the upper left corner of the page.


Then we use this button(this is also in the art menu in Microsoft Powerpoint)
I often use the one in the red circle as a text balloon.
I often use the one in the green circle as a thought balloon.


Now we place the text balloon on the picture and we type the text in it.


But such a big balloon isn't needed for such a small line so we reduce the size of it.


Now we have done all the text and stuff we copy everything from the second page with the first image to paint. just push this buttons if you have selected the second page: Ctrl+A and then Ctrl+C


Then we go to Microsoft Paint.


And we press these buttons at the same time: Ctrl+V


The problem with Paint is that there is allways a small white ridge at the edge of the picture so we zoom in on the down right corner with the magnifying glass and then grab the small blue dot on the corner and drag it to the corner of the image.


If you have done all this with every picture it will look like this!






Now you can upload them to MOCpages and show them to the rest of the world!

So simple is that! Have a lot of fun with it and show me your comics! I'm allways interested in new LEGO comics and if you used this MOC to make one just give me the link and I will put it on this page!

Comics:
Sense and justice - The beginning

If you have a question, complaint or a compliment. Just comment! I'm interested in your opinion.

Oh and ehh... Paul wants to say something...





created on: 15-10-09



Comments

  January 17, 2010
@ comment below this one: He probably did the date in DD/MM/YY format.
  January 1, 2010
lol how is it possible to be created 15-10-09? Anyway, nice moc!
  October 23, 2009
ik heb paint en power point =D ik snap alleen niet hoe ik het moet gebruiken !
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  October 21, 2009
Quoting Sparta products. lego castle. maar het lukt me niet om powerpoint en paint te downloaden. :(
heb je Mac of Windows? bij windows zit Paint zowieso al. en als je word hebt heb je ook power point. je kunt ze niet downloaden volgens mij. mssn moet je het mr aan je vader vragen als hij er verstand van heeft.
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  October 21, 2009
maar het lukt me niet om powerpoint en paint te downloaden. :(
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  October 15, 2009
Awesome! I think I may start making comics like this. Definately favorited. (?)
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  October 15, 2009
This is really useful. In fact, I'm gonna favorite this page.
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  October 15, 2009
nice guide man, good one
 
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