Well, at least I found out before I ordered them, right? Seriously though, biking as much as I do has given me some monstrous (awesome? very muscled, at least) calves that just don’t want to fit into most knee-high boots. I’m more okay with it now than I used to be, because I’m more okay with everything than I used to be, but also because while they’re big, I know that they’re also strong, they’re fast, and they’re mine. It means I have to look a little harder than a lot of people for boots that fit, but it’s a small price to pay for calves that will get me through a 20mph head wind for a 45 minute bike ride.

And at least now I know to look out for that before I go ordering boots that I can’t try on. And yes, there is a tape measure on my desk. I’m not sure why, except that there’s a LOT of random crap on my desk.

On to the last of the process things! Here’s how I usually color this comic. We have our clean b/w lines now, right? I convert the image to RGB (RGB is what you want for screen purposes, CMYK for print) and make a new layer, and I set the new layer’s blending options to “Multiply”.

Then I add broad background color fields on that layer wherever I want them; since the layer’s on multiply, the black lines show through the color…

…and erase the bits that I want to be blank.

Now I usually add my shading. For Sauceome, I don’t do very realistic shadows, but I do like to do a loose sort of 2D shadow, just because I like the way it looks. Shadowing can be tricky – your best bet is to take the color you want to apply the shadow to, and go just a little bit southeast from it on the color field. Then your shadows will look subtle and natural.

Lastly! On the comics that aren’t big gratuitous pictures of food, I like to add a little halftone filter since I’m not doing tons of color and shading. Color halftone is under filter > pixelate:

The default is 8px, but at this size and resolution I usually like to go up to 12 or 16.

The initial filter is a little too strong; we want this for the background effect, we don’t want it to interfere with the lettering:

So let’s fade it! Apple-shift-F will fade the most recent filter, or you can find it under Edit.

And we’re done! It occurs to me that I’ve been using Photoshop pretty much every day for over a decade, so if I glossed over anything or you have any questions, feel free to ask!