Join John Roshell for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting ready to letter, part of Lettering Comic Books with Illustrator.
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- Now that you know what software you need…hopefully you have it all installed and ready to go.…So let's get an Illustrator file prepared for lettering…by placing the scanned artwork, drawing guides…for bleed, trim, and safe areas.…And providing a job box with title,…page number, and contact details.…So I have got Adobe Illustrator open, let's get started.…First thing we are going to do,…go to File, New just to create a new document.…Default settings are fine, hit OK.…Now you may notice over here to the right…that the palettes are not the standard Illustrator default…palettes, I've customized them quite a bit.…
I have got layers up here at the top,…I've got stroke, color, appearance, I use a lot.…Character obviously for type and the path finder palette.…These are the ones I like to use…and I've saved them here in the comic lettering work space.…So the first thing we are going to do is…import some artwork to work over.…Going to go to File, Place, go into the exercise file…Script and Art, and choose AstroCity1.…
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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