The third was to draw my own comic strip. You guessed it. I couldn’t draw a recognizable character the same way twice if someone paid me. Still, the dream of creating a comic strip character was always there because I could write. I just couldn’t draw characters.
Thanks to the Mac and the coolest of all digital tools, drawing talent isn’t necessary. All you need to create a personal or family or even a business comic strip is Comic Life.
To be honest I doubt if there’s a Mac app that’s as much fun to use as Comic Life. Even if you’ve never had a desire to create a comic strip, Comic Life and iPhoto make a great combination for fun that can be shared.
Comic Life starts with layout templates to create a page of comics, or a flyer, or an announcement.
From the page layout template choose photos from iPhoto. Drag, drop, resize, recompose, even enhance with filters and effects.
See? Point and click. Drag and drop.
Once you’ve dropped photos into the template placeholders, drag and drop text balloons and add text to each character. You can even drop in banners and headlines and titles for each photo.
Text balloons can be resized to fit any photo or layout. Comic Life comes with extra comic book-like fonts. It even features bendable text.
The interface is mostly self explanatory though opening all the floating palettes can leave you trying to figure out what’s what.
Once you’ve created your masterpiece, what can you do with it? Upload to Facebook, export as PDFs to share via email or online. The filters and effects can turn photos into comic book-like graphics, too.
All in all, there’s no easier, better, professional way to begin your comic strip career, or simply to have fun with family or office photos.