I think I'm beginning to rely on Photoshop as a crutch - which is something I always promised myself I wouldn't do, back in the day. Newer, shinier comics would come about, and I'd pat myself on the back. "Never mind them", I would say. "You're keeping it real. They have the bells and whistles. You're the REAL talent here, though."
Nowadays I'm not so sure - especially that bit about the talent. Photoshop and other such image editing software is a tool - a very powerful tool - that helps with things a spriter (I hesitate to say 'sprite artist') has difficulty doing. Yeah, I could go pixel by pixel and toy around with opacity, or motion blurs, or - whatever the hell I'm doing up there in Magenta's mind. (What WAS I doing up there in Magenta's mind) But that requires a level of dedication and attention to detail that very few human beings possess.
The obvious workaround is to not write scripts that call for such drastic image editing. That's perfectly valid, and I might even say the bigger man's strategy. But right now the ability to SHOW a rumbling earthquake that shakes the very heavens, over having somebody pop in to say "me oh my, this earthquake is shaking the very heavens" seems like an idea.
Do note: this is a big one. Panels and editing combined put it above the free-site limit on Smack Jeeves uploads. I was hosting it off-site with Mediafire, but we experienced some troubles there. I've had to make this a .jpg, which comes burdened with some graphical issues, but this was the best I could get it and keep it on the air.