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Some Graphic Novel help.
Alright, so I wrote this message earlier that was... it wasn't very definitive on what I need help with concerning my book. So, I'm going to rewrite this.
I have written the script for the first book in my Graphic Novel series. This script is 75 pages long. Good? Good. Now then, I will be creating all the art for this graphic novel - which means that I need to know the dimensions of the book. I went to the "Create" option on this site and have decided upon:
US Letter 8.5 x 11
I chose this because it allows me to print in both Black and White (I presume this also means Grayscale) and also in Full Color. I don't know if that's a good size for a Graphic Novel, but it provides me with the best dimensions for what I need.
Now then, I understand in theory what the margins for these dimensions are... sort of. But I really need some more specific details - and that is what I hope someone can help me with.
Say, I have Photoshop open, and I have my canvas dimensions set to 8.5 x 11, because that's the book size.
So, my question is:
1. What margin size do I need to use in the first place?
2. Do I need to ADD canvas space to account for margins ON TOP of the 8.5 x 11? So like... if the margin space is 1 inch all the way around, I really need to be working on a canvas size of 9.5 x 12?
3. OR - Am I correct to work on an 8.5 x 11 canvas, and then put the 1 inch margins all the way around onto that?
This is all very confusing, and I don't think I understand what I'm supposed to be doing. I know this is important, because I'm going to have to create the art on a canvas double the size anyway. This way, when I shrink the image down to the proper size, it will be at the highest quality that I can produce.