Join John Roshell for an in-depth discussion in this video Joining tails and balloons with the layer method, part of Lettering Comic Books with Illustrator.
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- Next, we're going to take a look at the amazing…top-secret comicraft layer method.…If might take a little longer to set up,…but ultimately this method makes…the lettering job go faster.…And makes balloons and tails easier…to overlap and re-position later.…I'll show you what I mean.…Alright, this next technique I'm going to show you…is top-secret so keep it quiet.…It was actually invented by another comicraftsman.…I can't take credit for it.…Albert Deshane who's been lettering for comicraft for a…long time, came up with this method of merging balloons,…which you don't even have to use the path finder tool.…
So I'm going to show you how to do it.…Let's take the balloons and tail that we've already…created here and I'm gonna release…which basically undoes that joining process.…We're going to take all three of those balloons,…select them, we're gonna copy, we're gonna paste in front.…Which basically just pastes an identical copy right on top.…We're gonna give that no stroke with a white fill.…We're gonna create a new layer.…
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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