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Basic Comic Lettering Tutorial by DrewGreen Basic Comic Lettering Tutorial by DrewGreen
Hey folks!

My friend Joe Edens (responsible for the webcomic Rabbid Force [link] ) asked me how I make my word balloons non-elliptical, so I threw this tutorial together for him. It uses Photoshop, but you can do this in Illustrator and it probably applies to other art programs similarly.

In other news, the campaign for the second episode of my webcomic, The Super-Gay Adventures of Ross Boston, is live on Indiegogo. Donations are appreciated, but so is sharing the link wherever. The link is here: [link]

~Drew
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TheInkyWay Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ugh, GODDD...

THANK YOU for making an Illustrator Lettering tutorial that's SIMPLE AND EASY TO FOLLOW!

(Not sarcasm. I was able to follow along with this very easily.)

Is there any more?
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RunMonchoRun Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Cool! make some more tuts! or at least a cool book of "how to". I would definitely buy it. kkk 
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jomll Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
You need to make your own How-To... Book. You're one of the first I've seen who explained how to use Photoshop as well as Illustrator to make word balloons simplified. I'll be using your method.
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Well I'm certainly glad I was able to help!
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Mosama Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
The entire time I was reading your webcomic I was thinking 'what font is he using?'
I MUST HAVE IT.
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Hehe, I think it's a Blambot font. The font itself is called Crimefighter BB, if I'm not mistaken. Here's Blambot's website: www.blambot.com
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HeroGear Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
I see you and Jerzy Drose do this! Really nice write up and smart idea!
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ichimarunef Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My underwear isn't smelly
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skortbulb Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh. Nice method. i usually just draw my bubble freehand all the time. I like 'em all irregular. This is good combo of even and organic.

Do you ever save the shapes you make for later, or do you make 'em form scratch each time?
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
I make them from scratch every time so they'll conform more uniquely to the shape of every block of text. I can definitely see the benefits of hand-drawing your bubbles, it matches some aesthetics really well. :)
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skortbulb Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's what I thought. They work really well on SGARB.
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COMETBUNNY Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Thank you so much for sharing`
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KarlaDiazC Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great! thanks!
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SercansArtbook Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I also downloaded that fond. Because i love how it looks in your series. I will use it on my illustrations when i want to ( i don't have a webcomic YET ) The website is talking about licence fee. Do i need to pay that if i use it on my illustrations?
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AF16 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Artist
Nice. My balloons are allways too round.
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MrBIGAL Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing! It should come in handy.
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LeoLeus Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is nice :)
I think that maybe there could be an inclusion of the Options bar when the Pen tool is selected, because judging by the looks of your screenshots, if I am correct, you have to change it from "Shape layers" to "Paths", so you can enjoy of a bit less of a mess when dealing with vectors in Photoshop.
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Hmmm, you're right. I thought it would be communicated with the shapes options bar being shown earlier on, but I may include it again later in the tutorial once I get the chance to add it. Thanks for letting me know!
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LeoLeus Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! BTW I sent you an e-mail to the address listed on your blogspot ;)
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Hisscale Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, cool! Thanks! I was very easy to follow.
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GeezGeorge Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ah. Ahhhhhhh. So thaaat's how you do it...
Goodbye fuzzy edges on my balloons!
I have a decided aversion to pen tool, vectors and paths, but I need to foce myself out of that. They're too useful to ignore!
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the tip. I prefer these ballons to perfectly round ones...
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Jean--Franco Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey Drew, nice and short tutorial, perfect. Can you tell me what's the name of that font? thanks!
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
It's Crimefighter BB, and I believe it's from Blambot.com!
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dynamicsketch Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very sweet and handy. I made a tutorial years ago on how to make word balloons with borders. I needed some help on squaring the corners of those balloons a bit. I'm going to play with that right now.
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
If you create your balloons in Illustrator, you don't have to worry about that so much with borders (just set your miter limit high so it won't be squared when you get to sharp points like the balloon tail). However...getting your lettering/balloons from Illustrator to Photoshop is a bit of a hassle and I generally hate having to open up a new program to work on an image I've already started in Photoshop, if that makes sense.
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dynamicsketch Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't have Illustrator.
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dynakor Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank You for this. Digital lettering is still a learning process for me, so I love seeing lettering tutorials.
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AndyBennett Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Super useful! Thanks so much for this! Loving Ross Boston by the way, you're an amazing talent!
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Thank you so much! I hope this helps you out. :)
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AndyBennett Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
<3
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