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Custom Dialog Balloons - Pack 1 by MichaelMayne Custom Dialog Balloons - Pack 1 by MichaelMayne
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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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Shark91240 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx.
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alpha00zero Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're the best!
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Cenaris Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Horay.
Those are some really good balloons.
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AJthe90skid Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Extremely useful! Thank you!
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MichaelMayne Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Hope it'll be of some use to ya!
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AaronHoustonArt Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  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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AaronHoustonArt Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
yeah, i totally understand wanting to keep it streamlined.
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NixieSeal Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  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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NixieSeal Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I had the issue of letters getting cut off at the ends of the live text area too. I had to put spaces before and after each line to trick MS into thinking the live text area was larger. What I ended up doing most of the time was putting Manga Studio text balloons in with temporary text, and then redoing the text in Photoshop.

I don't have that problem as often in the more recent version, though.
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MichaelMayne Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I've got EX4, running on a five- to six-year-old Mac. My OS is fairly recent, but my hardware is stuck at whatever was proprietary for Macs back in 2006/2007.

Come to think of it, I never really fiddled with lettering in MS before I upgraded my operating system… Certain other software took some odd hits… Manga Studio may have taken a hit to its text functionality in the process.
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NixieSeal Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm, outdated hardware might be the problem indeed. When I switched to EX4, the worst of my text problems vanished. But I'm also running it on a new Windows 7 PC... EX3 didn't do so well on it.
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zeratanus Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012   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 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  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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