Join John Roshell for an in-depth discussion in this video Overprinting and using rich blacks, part of Lettering Comic Books with Illustrator.
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- One of the aspects of lettering,…which you won't see on screen,…but can make a huge difference…in the quality of the printed output…is to properly overprint and backup the color black.…First, I'll explain exactly what that means…and then take you through the steps…to ensure your lettering looks as sharp in print…as it does on screen.…So, here's my title from that Astro City story.…It's all composited with the artwork.…I brought it in Photoshop so I could show you…sort of a simulation of how the inks work together.…Looking pretty good, huh,…but there's a problem here which you can't see on screen,…but might be bad when it prints.…
Let's take a closer look.…Now if we leave our lettering files as is in Illustrator,…the black objects,…this lettering here and the edges of the panel borders,…are set to knock out the colors behind them.…In other words,…when this is printed the black ink will go here,…but there won't be any color underneath it.…We can see when the black disappears…that there's white underneath it.…So what's the problem with that?…
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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