Just some tips out of my mind:
- When doing lineart, make sure to enable pen pressure for your brush. Until you master pressuring your pen, you can make it easier by increasing the minimum brush stroke. All of these settings can be found in the Shape Dynamics in the brush window. Read for more: http://danidraws.com/2007/08/07/the-com ... photoshop/
- When coloring beneath lineart, you can use set your magic wand tool to sample all layers, select an area and then expand it by one pixel. You can then quickly fill out your lineart without needing to swap between layers for selection or carefully paint closely up to the lineart.
- When shading, duplicate your color layer, lock the transparency and then paint over the duplicated color layer with a grey-blue. Paint with white where you want there to be light, and set the layer to multiply. The grey-blue will then blend as shadow automatically.
- When creating frames, you can use guides as "pre-cuts" to where you want the frame borders to be, then easily add your selection there. Guides are also good to align comic frames properly.
- Don't use Comic Sans! Go here for cooler free fonts: http://bancomicsans.com/
- You can fade things to make it look like they're distant or out of focus by using the Gaussian Blur. Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur. Something between 1-3 pixels is more than enough.
- When creating speech bubbles, you don't have to take an awful lot of time drawing them. Just create a layer and in the layer blending options make an outer glow with normal blend mode, 100% opacity, black color, 2-5 pixels size and 5-15% range. You can then use the ellipse tool on that layer and all your speech bubbles will automatically get outlined. Put the text on a layer above.
- Use light! A white color with a soft light layer settings is great for adding light to your drawing, it will blend automatically and helps creating sceneries.
- Check out http://danidraws.com/2007/08/24/the-com ... photoshop/
for some cool tips on coloring!