Join John Roshell for an in-depth discussion in this video Basic compositing in InDesign, part of Lettering Comic Books with Illustrator.
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- Since most comic book artists…colored in Photoshop and lettered in Illustrator,…the two needed to be combined…in order to make files that can be sent to the printer.…This is often a job that you can offer to take on,…for an additional charge, of course.…So we'll show you the basics of compositing…in InDesign, the most common and flexible method,…as well as Photoshop, which will work in a pinch.…I've opened up InDesign, and we're going to create…a new document to merge our artwork…and our lettering files.…Go to File, New, Document, and we're going to…set this page size to our magical comic book…page size number, 6.625 x 10.187.…
Then we're going to go down here to Bleed and Slug.…Sometimes this isn't showing, so you have got to…click the little arrow to make it show,…and then in Bleed, in any of those boxes,…just type .125, one-eighth inch of bleed,…and it will automatically fill in the rest there,…if you have got the little lock locked.…Hit OK.…We've got a new document.…We can see that it automatically puts…a little red line out there.…
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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