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  • #16
    If you’ve got a few dollars to spare, Nate Piekos (of the font foundry/lettering shop BlamBot) has just released a book on how to letter comics. He focusses on using Adobe Illustrator but the lessons are applicable to any program (or even hand lettering). I’d recommend checking it out.
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    • #17
      In Procreate, for your balloons, make an ellipse and wait for it to shape a crappy non-balloon oval shape.

      Use the selection tool, and by the rectangle, freehand options on the bottom… next to the right of those options is the WARP option.

      You can use that WARP option and slightly tweak the left and right side mid way up the ballooon to get it a little more pleasant looking.

      Try to move the left side inward roughly the same degree you tweak the right side in to make it symmetrical.
      Last edited by EddieChingLives; 10-30-2021, 02:44 PM.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by EddieChingLives View Post
        In Procreate, for your balloons, make an ellipse and wait for it to shape a crappy non-balloon oval shape.

        Use the selection tool, and by the rectangle, freehand options on the bottom…

        Andd you can use that warp option and slightly tweak the left and right side mid way up the ballooon to get it a little more pleasant looking.

        Try to move the left side inward roughly the same degree you tweak the right side in to make it symmetrical.
        Thank you, I will try that.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by EddieChingLives View Post
          In Procreate, for your balloons, make an ellipse and wait for it to shape a crappy non-balloon oval shape.

          Use the selection tool, and by the rectangle, freehand options on the bottom…

          Andd you can use that warp option and slightly tweak the left and right side mid way up the ballooon to get it a little more pleasant looking.

          Try to move the left side inward roughly the same degree you tweak the right side in to make it symmetrical.
          I tried it, let me know what you think. I used the warp tool:


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          • #20
            I also saw a Todd McFarlane lettering videos on youtube.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYAAQUE_34s&t=12s

            He uses a layer and roughs in the balloon areas with a red brush.

            I find that helps me place it so it “feels” right and it stands out from the black inks.

            I can then drag the lettering over, and I can almost trace over the balloon shape. You could probably do the circle, shape, tweak thing.

            And it also helps to draw the tail shapes on a separate layer so I can tweak it into the right position before I trace the final ink version.

            You can draw the tails separately, position, merge and erase the extra bit and drag white directly to fill the balloon so you don’t have to hand color it white later.
            Last edited by EddieChingLives; 10-30-2021, 12:56 AM.
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            • #21
              I failed to tighten the leading, in this version, the original is on top, while the bottom one is the better one:


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              • #22
                Nice, but a little too cramped. I would suggest increasing the balloon size slightly or decrease the font size.
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                • #23
                  https://blambot.com/pages/lettering-tips

                  Here’s some awesome lettering tips. Find the one titled “Negative Space”.

                  You’re getting pretty close with that last balloon.
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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by EddieChingLives View Post
                    https://blambot.com/pages/lettering-tips

                    Here’s some awesome lettering tips. Find the one titled “Negative Space”.

                    You’re getting pretty close with that last balloon.
                    Thank you, that was helpful. Those are good tutorials
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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Smitty View Post

                      Brief history on typesetting

                      Billions of years ago printers, or more properly, typesetters, would set individual letters made of steel onto steel printing plates to form their copy. Molten lead was then poured between lines of type (what we here might think of as gutters) which, once cooled and hardened, would lock the type in place. One the print run was over, plates were heated to melt the lead which was poured off so that the lead, type and plates could be reclaimed, reassembled and used again on the next page.

                      To this day the space between lines of type is referred to as "leading."
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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by EddieChingLives View Post
                        In Procreate, for your balloons, make an ellipse and wait for it to shape a crappy non-balloon oval shape.

                        Use the selection tool, and by the rectangle, freehand options on the bottom… next to the right of those options is the WARP option.

                        You can use that WARP option and slightly tweak the left and right side mid way up the ballooon to get it a little more pleasant looking.

                        Try to move the left side inward roughly the same degree you tweak the right side in to make it symmetrical.
                        I’ve been getting a lot better with the Warp tool. I have to create a separate layer for each word balloon to use it. That’s not a problem so far, because I don’t color my comics. Thank you for teaching me this technique, my word balloons are a thousand percent better now!
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                        • #27
                          Also, it’s ok to use lettering balloon reference! I steal from John Workman and Chris Eliopoulos all the time! An Eliopoulos layer!

                          Or perhaps in your case,reference from a favorite comic strip or two.

                          Its neat how some artists are so particular to the look and feel of the comic before they break it all down.

                          For others like me, it’s a get-it-done style of evolution one page at a time.
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                          • #28
                            Comicraft has some good tutorials on lettering with Procreate.
                            Jack Kirby Centennial Tribute Book is free to download.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Symson View Post
                              Comicraft has some good tutorials on lettering with Procreate.
                              Thank you, Symson the balloon tails tutorial was very helpful!
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                              • #30
                                Comicraft has some good tutorials on lettering with Procreate.
                                Jack Kirby Centennial Tribute Book is free to download.

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