How can I create comic book designs?
Whether you occasionally dabble in geeky interests or you embrace full-blown nerdom, you've probably wondered how to draw comic book art for yourself. Luckily, creating your own graphic novel-inspired art can be easy with the right tools. Below we've listed tutorials that will teach you the following:
- How to create fonts inspired by Justice League, The Avengers, Suicide Squad, and more
- How to create superhero-style badges, with examples like Batman's symbol and the X-Men logo
- How to create digital paintings and animations using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and After Effects (includes Wonder Woman tuts!)
The reasons you should
Comic-lovers know the right superheroes can turn us into big kids. That's because for many of us, graphic novels and action stories were a childhood staple. These stories provide a sense of adventure and a character to root for.
If you’ve ever wanted to make your own adventure by designing comics, there's never been a better time than now. With the current software and tools available, a designer can easily create a comic from scratch. To help you get started, we've compiled an awesome list, including font tutorials, logo how-tos, and more.
Let's get started!
Show your artistic strength by creating hero (and antihero) fonts in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Below are styles inspired by Suicide Squad, Spider-Man, and The Avengers, just to name a few.
Easy Hulk Logo on Photoshop and Illustrator
This Incredible Hulk font tutorial is doable via Illustrator or Photoshop in just a few simple steps. Plus, the tutorial is written, so you can continue to scan through and refer back to helpful steps.
How to Create a Spider-Man Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
This Spider-Man font is diverse enough to fit into whatever Spider-Man universe you like most. This brief tutorial is only twelve steps.
Creating The Avengers Text Effect with Illustrator & Photoshop
In this tutorial, you'll learn all about the Avengers font as well as how to create a back-lit effect for your own designs.
How to Make a Suicide Squad 3D Text Effect – Photoshop CC
While Suicide Squad received mixed reviews, the fonts and effects in the movie certainly have their own charm. Learn how to imitate the good stuff with this tutorial.
How to Create a Suicide Squad Inspired 3D Text Effect
Create another fiery, Suicide Squad design with this Harley font tutorial.
Supertext Superman Text Tutorial
This Superman text is perfect for classic designs and superhuman illustrations. This tutorial includes a step-by-step video to teach you the steps involved when creating an other-worldly font.
Create a Cinematic Captain America-Style “Sergeant America” Text Effect
This in-depth tutorial will show you the ins and outs of making a Captain America font, as well as a metallic background.
Create a Thor-Inspired Text Effect in Photoshop
Speaking of metallic, this Thor-inspired text can be used for a number of “metal” designs. This written tutorial perfectly demonstrates how to replicate the effect.
After Effects – Recreating Justice League Title Text Tutorial
Excited about Justice League? Pump up your friends and illustrations with this Justice League Text effect. Check out the video tutorial for more.
Badges & Logos
Any designer knows a logo design can make or break a company, which is why superhero badges are so iconic. Below are tutorials for Superman's symbol, Captain America's shield, the X-Men logo, and more.
Man of Steel Symbol in Illustrator + Photoshop
If you've ever wanted to know how to create the famous Superman symbol, this Photoshop and Illustrator tutorial simplifies the process and provides steps to create a gradient background.
How to Create the Batman Dark Knight Logo in Adobe Illustrator
Dark Knight fan? This Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Marius shows you the steps on designing “the bat” from your favorite Batman movie.
Create the Captain America Shield Icon in Adobe Illustrator
Captain America's shield has become an iconic aspect of Marvel movies and shows. Now you can create your own, with a realistic metallic gleam, using the Illustrator tutorial above.
How to Create the X-Men Logo in Adobe Illustrator
If you've got a special mutant in your life, this Illustrator tutorial could be just the thing to impress them!
Deadpool Logo Movie Poster Photoshop Tutorial
In this Photoshop tutorial, you'll learn how to make your own Deadpool logo, complete with stylized eyes and distressed effects.
How to Create Your Own Judge Dredd Badge Design Using Photoshop + Illustrator
Are you a Judge Dredd fan? If so, the tutorial above will show you how to make your own Judge Dredd-style badge via Photoshop or Illustrator.
The Amazing Spider-Man Tutorial
Spider-Man 2 is still ranked the best Spider-Man movie of all time, making aspects of the movie nostalgic for many. The tutorial above will take you back by showing you how to design the Sam Raimi-style spidey suit.
Create a Retro Batman Logo in Adobe Illustrator
This simple tutorial teaches you to create the classic Batman symbol, which can be perfect for anything from invitations to posters. Holy Toledo!
Illustration + Animation Tutorials
For anyone who loves fan art or wants to create their own hero, the tutorials below are sure to offer awesome tips and tricks. You can find tutorials on illustrating Wonder Woman, Deadpool, and other one-of-a-kind characters. These tutorials are great resources for teaching you how to draw comic book art, whether it's original or inspired by a favorite!
Photoshop Tutorial: How to do a Wonder Woman Digital Painting
The recent release of Wonder Woman has left fans feeling especially endeared to this hero and her story. In this Photoshop tutorial, you'll learn how to paint Wonder Woman in your own digital designs.
Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create Wonder Woman Logo
In this video tutorial, you'll learn how to make the Wonder Woman logo, inspired by the recent movie release.
How to Create Thor’s Hammer in Adobe Illustrator
Thor's hammer is one of the most iconic weapons wielded by a superhero. In this Illustrator tutorial, you'll learn how to digitally paint your own Mjolnir.
With the Photoshop tutorial above, you can create your own brooding, misunderstood Batman. What's great about this tutorial is how much it will teach you about manipulating photos to create an image all your own.
How to Create a DareDevil Intro in After Effects
Create the Avengers Poster in Photoshop
In this tutorial, you will learn to create a striking, glossy poster, like the one for The Avengers. In just fourteen steps, you will learn to apply this effect to your designs.
Ant-Man Shrinking After Effects Tutorial
Create a Realistic Hellboy Using After Effects + Photoshop
Want to make a hyper-realistic digital painting? With the tutorial above, you can practice doing just that by creating Hellboy via After Effects and Photoshop.
Create a Hellboy Poster in Illustrator
You can also create your own Hellboy vintage poster using the tutorial above. This Illustrator how-to goes over everything, from lettering to texture to cartoon design.
Do you ever feel like your stationery, wedding invites, or business cards could be improved by the X-Men? If so, you're in luck! Above is a tutorial on creating a stationery set for students of the X-Mansion.
How to Digitally Paint a Superhero Portrait in Adobe Photoshop
Speaking of X-Men, you can now digitally paint Storm (or any superhero of your choice) using the Photoshop tutorial above.
How to Draw Semi-Realistic Character in Photoshop (Video and written tutorial for drawing Wolverine)
And just in case you can't get enough mutants, the tutorial above can show you how to illustrate Wolverine in a realistic digital painting.
How to Create a Simple Geometric Vector Deadpool in Photoshop
Deadpool, although not exactly part of the X-Men crew, is a favored mutant of many. You can quickly learn to create a cute Deadpool vector using the Photoshop tutorial above.
Tutorial: Comic Book Style Graphic Design
Maybe you have your own character in mind, in which case, the tutorial above is a great choice. You can learn to design your own hero in Photoshop or Corel Painter.
Create A Scanner Darkly Style Portrait
The art style in A Scanner Darkly is unique and memorable. Now you can apply it to your own work with the Illustrator tutorial above.
Beginning to Intermediate Level Pop Art Tutorial
If you are interested in pulp and pop art, then this tutorial is a great tool. With the tutorial above, you'll learn how to incorporate this classic style into your designs.
How to Ink a Comic Character in Adobe Illustrator
The inked style of comics and graphic novels makes them especially appealing visually. In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial, you'll learn exactly how to ink a character.
How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way – Stan Lee
The goal of this post is to teach designers how to draw comic book art, and it wouldn't be a complete list without this how-to from Stan Lee, which discusses how to draw characters and scenes.
We hope you can use this list of tutorials to create your own awesome graphic novels. Have more tips to add? Let us know in the comments section.