fullcircle wrote:How do you guys go about nice, sharp, clear, pretty, unobtrusive voice balloons? Especially so that they're flexible and editable for every situation?
eww, everybody use marquees...
Use vector shapes. Theyare overall flexible, and stay editable.
You can move pointy thingies without affecting the bubbles, or resize the bubbles without ruining the pointy thingies.
Moving the bubles WITH TEXT is no problem (if you use vector text). As is editing the text, and tweaking the bubble to match it.
I use PSP7 so it might be a bit different in Photoshop, but I gues it should be close 'nuff.
1) draw elipses (white filling, black outline) around your text. On one layer. (vector layer of course)
2) draw pointy thingies, pointing to your characters, on another layer. Use point-to-point vector tool, or whatever it's called. I mean the thing that lets you draw polygons.
Make sure they are filled with white, _not_ transparent!
3) duplicate the elipses layer, set it to "screen" and place it above "pointy thingies layer"
4) profit!: you can now resize the wordbubbles to your heart content without quality loss!
also, I think it gives neat thought bubbles too- just add some random elipses floating around the text to the layer with pointy thingies.
BTW, make sure you work in, ie. tripple resolution, and use ie. 5-6 pixel wide black outlines. Then merge the layers _before_ resizing.
Alternatively, you could just check the "anti alias" (I think) box on the vector objects.