Join John Roshell for an in-depth discussion in this video Whisper balloons, part of Lettering Comic Books with Illustrator.
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- Whispers, while not quite as secret as thoughts,…are still pretty secret.…In this section, I'll let you in on not one, but two ways…to make a whisper balloon.…For this video we're going to go back to…the page of Autumnlands we were working on…earlier in the course.…If we go back to the script,…we look and we see that the writer has put…a cryptic little code here, wh.…So, let's go to the lettering key…and see what that means.…Here in our lettering key…we can look up what the writer was asking for.…Wh equals whisper balloon.…
So let's go back to Illustrator,…take a look at that first balloon that we did.…We need to make it into a whisper balloon,…these characters are sneaking around this cave…and they don't want to be heard.…So how can we show that with our lettering?…I'm going to show you two ways to do it.…First let's un-mask this box…so that we can work with each of the objects individually.…So, I did Command, Option Seven,…which undoes the Layer Mask.…It keeps the object there so we can re-mask it easily.…So the first way to do it,…
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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