Speech Bubbles

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Speech Bubbles

Postby Carl-sama on Thu Jun 13, 2002 4:02 am

Here's one: how do ya'll add the critical speech and thought bubbles to your comics?

Personally it'd be great if I could draw them in on the actual copy, but my handwriting isn't what I'd call consistent. So i JusT uSe PaIntbruSh. Anyone know of a better program?
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Illustrator

Postby Twentyfour on Sat Jun 15, 2002 9:16 am

From my experience Illustrator is awesome for having fun with text.... however you get a copy is up to you, but I recommend running quickly through the tutorials otherwise you end up like me 3 years ago and ya just despise the program and assume it sucks ass.
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Photoshop

Postby Zuri on Sat Jun 15, 2002 2:00 pm

Illustrator is a good program. Freehand functions similarly. I tend to use Photoshop myself. I use the selection tool on a new layer, fill a bubble with color and then use the stroke layer option. It may not be the best option, but it works for me.
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Speech-bubbles in PhotoShop

Postby ScottyT on Sun Jun 23, 2002 8:07 am

I learned my bubbling technique at this little site: <a href ="http://www.makeshiftmiracle.com/Tutorials.html">The Makeshift Miracle.</a>

Great comic, great site, great tutorial.

If only I could say even one of those things about my own site. :)

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Easy as pie

Postby J-Buckleyline on Fri Jun 28, 2002 1:52 pm

It's easy. Use paint make a circle(not a round-edge rectangle) then erase a portion of the circle,then use the 2 straight lines on the sides to point the bubble toward your character. Then,use the text box. And type your text.
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the bubbles duke, the bubbles!

Postby BunELovecraft on Sun Jul 14, 2002 4:30 pm

Well the type of bubbling I use is kind of like those stick on bubbles for pictures. You've seen those right? They're little stickers. I make my bubble stickers in micrographix (a photoshop mutant) and just pop them onto my comic. Here's a quick tute of how I do it:

1.) First I make the "stickers" by using my masking option to make different bubble shapes with the pen and circle sizers. I look at that with the ruby overlay to make sure that it doesn't look too stupid.

2.) Next I use the stroke option to get my bubble border. This changes depending on what I plan to do with it later.

3.) Lastly I bucket fill the background around the bubble with a bright color like yellow or bright orange.

Using the Bubble Stickers:

All I do is negative mask the colored area and copy the bubble, then I paste it as a new layer on my comic. This means that i can move them around and all that. When I'm ready to letter, I just smooth my layers and set up a text box in each bubble. Handy as can be, though it does take longer than just drawing them in.

Hope this helps ya, for demonstrations on what the bubbles look like, just visit http://kectug.keenspace.com. All of the newer comics on the page use 'em.

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