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Custom Dialog Balloons - Pack 1
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Published: August 16, 2012
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Hey, folks! Been a while since I uploaded anything, looks like. Just been super busy with stuff that I can't show yet!

But here are some custom comic dialog balloons I made up last night and this morning!

They're a set of Photoshop custom shapes, so all you have to do is import them into your shapes palette and voila! Ten, spiffy, scalable dialog balloons for you to use!
(Note that these are simply the balloons themselves—no tails. Don't really see a point in building the tails in since you'll likely need to move them around anyway!)

Feel free to use them for your own projects, no credit necessary. But do let me know if you use them, and where—I'd love to see them in action!

If you're going to share them, though, I do ask that you'd link back here directly, please. Just curious to see what kind of traffic these can yield is all.

I'll probably make more of these as time and necessity permits. Happy comicking!
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MarcusSpringer's avatar
MarcusSpringer|Student Filmographer
Thank you Michael!
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Shark91240|Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx.
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alpha00zero|Hobbyist General Artist
You're the best!
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Cenaris|Hobbyist General Artist
Horay.
Those are some really good balloons.
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AJthe90skid|Professional General Artist
Extremely useful! Thank you!
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MichaelMayne|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Hope it'll be of some use to ya!
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AaronHoustonArt's avatar
this is awesome! thanks

have you seen this? it is a great (looking) program for lettering comics. i haven't used it yet but looks very easy to use and seems great. there is a video tutorial of it in action as well. seems alot easier than photoshop for lettering and you can import you ps file in and out easily. ----[link] -------
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MichaelMayne|Professional Digital Artist
No prob! Thank you!

I have Comic Life, but I've never used it. Lora's mentioned it before and it raised my eyebrows. But I'm kind of with Chris in that I try to keep my process as streamlined as possible, so I haven't actually dabbled around with it yet since Photoshop's been working as my lettering utility and final compositor. I do want to give it a shot though!
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yeah, i totally understand wanting to keep it streamlined.
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NixieSeal|Professional Digital Artist
Oh hey, nice! I often use the default balloons from Manga Studio or draw my own, but these look nice too!
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MichaelMayne|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
I like the balloons in Manga Studio, but for some reason the text entry functionality is for crap (at least on my computer) so for me it's easier to take everything over to Photoshop for lettering.
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NixieSeal|Professional Digital Artist
Hmm. I had a previous version of Manga Studio that was loaded with text errors, including the fact that my favorite font only appeared in bold no matter what.
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MichaelMayne|Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, the formatting of my text in MS is horribly wonky. Kerning and leading get eaten all up. The extreme edges of the "live" text area get cut off, leaving me with half-characters on either end. And even just trying to adjust formatting is a worthless hassle.

I rather think it's a compatibility issue with my computer, as I've heard others claim that lettering in MS is a breeze (though I've not necessarily seen what their results look like).
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zeratanus| Digital Artist
I hate how Manga Studio handles text. I've just been using the bubbles and throwing in 'placeholder' text that's badly formatted, and just covering it up. Doing it all in photoshop would take all the guesswork out of sizing it though.
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MichaelMayne|Professional Digital Artist
I've thought of that (because I do like MS's customization of the balloons), but yeah, the guesswork… I just wait to do it all in Photoshop.
Plus, in Photoshop I can roughly confine the text to a bounding box to begin with, so some of the text layout is done out of the gate.
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