Join John Roshell for an in-depth discussion in this video Narrative captions, part of Lettering Comic Books with Illustrator.
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- Once upon a time, the letterist was responsible…for setting the scene with a fancy…or even a simple narrative caption.…Now is that time.…So we're back on the page where…we created our thought balloon.…Too bad it's not long for this world.…We're going to have to delete it,…and do what the writer wanted.…Let's go back to the script.…So, here in the script we see that the writer…was asking for a caption.…He wants Winged Victory's thoughts to appear…in a narrative caption.…So let's highlight that text and copy it,…and remember "still," "humble," and "truth" for bolding.…
Back in Illustrator, I'm going to grab the Text tool,…click and drag a text box, paste it in,…and we see we've lost our settings.…So, with it selected, I'm going to grab the eyedropper tool,…just go over to some of the other text we've got,…and click there, and it grabs our settings…for the font, the point size, and the leading.…And enlarge the text block, so it forms basically,…roughly a rectangular shape.…Now, to make this look a little bit different…
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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