Join John Roshell for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding outline stroke effects, part of Lettering Comic Books with Illustrator.
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- Now what if you need something big?…Like Spidey's punching the Lizard.…Or the Hulk's punching the Thing.…Sounds to me like you're going to need…to give that sound effect some heft with a double outline.…All right, next panel.…So, in panel three we just have the dialogue.…In panel four, we've got another sound effect.…We've got a "SKRRNNCH".…Copy that guy.…Back in Illustrator.…So, the panel four we've got just…his hand grabbing something.…And we're going to have our big ol' sound effect in there.…So, the sound effect is going to be doing…a lot of the storytelling in this panel.…
I'm going to click, paste.…See the font setting is still the same.…Just going to enlarge it up here.…Create outlines. Shift-Command-O.…Set the fill in the stroke white fill, black stroke.…I'm going to ungroup.…And I'm going to rotate it just to start with.…Whoa. To the right a bit.…Start at the top of the panel.…Just kind of work our way down arranging those letters,…overlapping them.…Basically, wherever there's a natural point…at which the letters can overlap.…
This course deconstructs the lettering process for comics, in terms of how to think about lettering and how to execute your vision in Adobe Illustrator. Professional artist John Roshell begins with a brief history of comics and then jumps into the design of word balloons, type treatment, captions, and sound effects. At the end of the course, John goes overs some basic business know-how, so members understand how to successfully collaborate with other artists and publishers.
- Understanding the main goal: storytelling
- Arranging the lines of dialogue
- Drawing word balloons and tails
- Emphasizing words with typography and sound effect stylings
- Adding captions and special types of balloons (thought balloons, whisper balloons, etc.)
- Creating sound effects
- Creating PDF proofs
- Charging for your work
Skill Level Beginner
2. Word Balloons
3. Type Treatment
Fitting into tight spots6m 39s
4. Captions and Other Balloon Styles
5. Comic Book Sound Effects
6. Finishing Touches
7. Final Output
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