Jan 20, 2008
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Welcome, New Colleges!

Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 06:50 PM

We've got two new colleges adding Sheldon to their school papers as of this weekend, which is rad.

I'm particularly excited that one of those schools is the University of California Irvine — as that's just down the road! (Well, 40 miles down the road, but still!)

Want Sheldon in your college paper? It's amazingly easy. Just read over the info page, then e-mail me to get started! You can be running Sheldon toons in tomorrow's edition!

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Sunday Colorin'

Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 06:26 PM

I experimented with two different techniques in coloring Sunday's strip. For a long time, I've admired the coloring technique of my talented friend Paul Southworth over at Ugly Hill. Paul takes his black linework in Photoshop and replaces it with a very dark brown. It softens the overall palette, and creates a really interesting look where the colors aren't contrasted against a full black.

Additionally, my compadre Scott Kurtz of PvP taught me another nice Photoshop technique on our "Webcomics Weekly" podcast this week: Essentially, it's a low-level, single-color transparency layer that gives the whole strip a cohesive feel. It's as though you're looking at a full-color photo, but viewed through a soft-yellow plastic transparency sheet.

A doff of the cap to both cartoonists for the techniques: It'll be fun to experiment with both in the weeks ahead. Hope you liked 'em!

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