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Learn what it takes to design and create your own custom silver-age superhero. Join Deke as he starts by tracing a photo to create the hero's body and then jumps into Illustrator for the creation of the final effects. Finally, Deke takes us through the steps to lay out our own custom type to complete the comic.
Over the course of this chapter, we're going to create the monologue text that you see right here. Complete with talk balloons. Now, if you're working along with me and you happen to have opened this file, it's very likely that you'll end up seeing this error message right here that tells you that some text layers contain fonts that are missing, which is just fine. All you need to do is click okay. If you're working in a more recent version of Photoshop than I am right now, then you may see a type kit message, in which case click the next button and then click don't resolve.
And you'll end up seeing the text just fine but you won't be able to edit it because you don't have the font. What we're going to do in this very movie is install a really great free font. And it comes to us from a group called Blambot. And you can get to it by entering blambot.com and you'll come to this page or something like it. At which point, go to the dialog fonts here and select standard. Now, of course you can download anything you want, you can go all over this site and find really great fonts.
And you can see that in addition to their pay fonts and their limited edition fonts, all of which cost money, they have some free fonts that you can download as well, including this guy right there, acme secret agent BB. The BB being for Blambot. I want you to go ahead and search for this font right here, digital strip BB. And that's what we'll be working with, as opposed to digital script two, incidentally. So, at the very least, click on this font in order to switch to the digital script page.
And then, click on open type, that's your best bet, that way the font will run on both platforms. I went ahead and navigated to the desktop, at which point I'm going to go ahead and click on the save button and it should download really quickly because it's just a few K. All right. Now I'm going to switch to the desktop. On the PC you do that by pressing the start button along with D for desktop. And that way I can find it's zip file and I'll go ahead and right click on it and choose extract all and we'll go ahead and extract it to this folder, right here, that's fine.
And then, I'll click the extract button, on the Mac, I believe you can just double click on the file to extract it. And now on the Mac, what you need to do is locate on of the fonts folders, probably the one inside the library file which is inside the system files folder. Here on the PC, under Windows 8 I just tap the start button and I'll enter the word control. At which point I'll see my control panel right there. And then I can click on fonts in order to enter the fonts control panel. And I'll go ahead and scroll down to the D's, just so I can see the result of what I'm about to do.
And now I want to grab those open type fonts. And so I'll just go ahead and highlight all three of them and I'll drag them and drop them into my fonts folder in order to install that font file. After which point, you should see a single file that contains all three styles, called digital strip. Now I'll go ahead and switch back to Photoshop. And now I should be able to switch to the type tool which I can also do by pressing the T key. And then I'll click somewhere inside the type and it's going to tell me, if you get this message and it tells you that these fonts are missing, and there's going to be some kind of font substitution, just go ahead and click okay because very likely that's a false warning. And you can see in my case that digital strip is indeed installed right here. And we've got all three styles at our disposal which includes regular, Italic and Bold and it should go ahead and properly substitute the font. The reason we have these regular and bold dimmed items is because those are the old versions and Photoshop sees itself as replacing them with new versions. In any case, that’s how you go about installing the custom font that we’ll be using throughout this chapter. And remember about Blambot, folks. It’s a really great site, one that’s devoted to really great comic fonts, all of which are several times better than Comic Sans
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