I'm taking out the "It's magic" part of Panel layouts. ^_^
This also has some basic design principles which will be built upon later.
I should note that some of the things like the A4 paper, and making one read left to right, are personal preferences. Take away the principle more than the personal opinions...
Note: These are not hard and fast rules, but general rules for you to understand and correctly abuse later.
Other tutorials on panel layouts: (Because I didn't make this stuff up)[link][link][link]
Kyou Mo Ashita mo (by Emura, a mangaka) <-- How the pros do it in manga form. Has tips and tricks that us regular people don't get. So get taught by a mangaka.
You can find the scans online.
I'll be adding more stuff than what's listed in the previous tutorials.Part 2: [link]