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Apr 28, 2012

Learn iPad Week: Make your life a comic

by Stephen Ashby

Give your photos a super-human quality with this fun app in part 10 of Learn iPad Week.

Learn iPad Week: Make your life a comicLearn iPad Week: Make your life a comicPhoto effect apps are an ever-growing trend, and Strip Designer is the latest to take advantage of this market. Strip Designer has an impressive range of page layouts for you to choose from, including film strip-style designs and an array of grid patterns commonly seen in comics. Then you can really start to have fun by adding various speech bubbles and comic-style stickers to really make your pictures stand out. As well as all the classic stickers like POW! and BANG! there are a range of themed animations in addition to the chance to create your own that are unique to your comic strip.

You don’t have to stop at a single page; add more to create a fully blown comic book. Whether it be that dream holiday or a day out, you can give it super-human qualities in minutes. With its simple interface and polished and responsive functionality, Strip Designer can make that day you got to play at Stamford Bridge look even better.Learn iPad Week: Make your life a comic

Learn iPad Week: Make your life a comic1: Pick a strip

On the homepage tap the New Strip tab to see the drop-down menu of page layout options. Some, such as Pages, contain further layouts for you to choose.

Learn iPad Week: Make your life a comic2: Upload photos

Once you’ve got your layout, tap any of the empty grids to add a photo. You can even upload map images if your strip is going to be travel related.

Learn iPad Week: Make your life a comic3: Edit photos

By using Strip Designer’s impressive touch response you can use multiple fingers to pinch, zoom and rotate your photos until you’re happy with the layout.

Learn iPad Week: Make your life a comic4: Special effects

Effects that can be found in the editing tab let you alter your images and give them that comic book feel. Here you can find styles such as Halftone.

Learn iPad Week: Make your life a comic5: Add comic extras

Now it’s time for your speech bubbles and stickers. Touching the Add icon gives you four options. Once you’ve selected one you can position and resize it.

Learn iPad Week: Make your life a comic6: Share

Once you’re happy with the effects you’ve added to your photos and the comic strip you can share it with your friends in a variety of ways.

This tutorial is the tenth in our Learn iPad Week series; for more articles just like this, visit the Learn iPad Week tag. At the end of the week, we’ll be giving away a prize to one lucky person who gets in touch with a question or problem related to the iPad. To get involved, simply tweet your question, plus the hashtag #LearniPadWeek, to @iCreateMagazine or post on our Facebook wall.

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