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Lettering Tutorial

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[Update] Since people keep asking "why not use comic sans?", its universally known as a font that mainly amateurs use. (The image of home made flyers comes to mind) It's the Crocs of the design world, and if you want to be taken more seriously, it is advised to use a different font.

As promised! This is how I letter my work. Hope this is helpful to someone!

Here's some more useful links:

•Download 300 finished speech bubbles 300 Free Speech Bubbles (Download) by Zombiesmile


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Rider4Z's avatar
Haha your little caricature looks like me ^_^
Rider4Z's avatar
This was great, thanks!
Lizztale's avatar
Still no idea what's the problem with Comic Sans...
Milkitalix's avatar
hi thank you for making this very useful! :)
cityofhobi's avatar
are you able to do something like this on firealpaca ? (:
Zombiesmile's avatar
I don't know, I don't use firealpaca, sorry...
cityofhobi's avatar
its fine !! thank you for replying <3
Advanced-Dorkness's avatar
My photoshop for some reason doesn't seem to have the Layer -> Layer Style -> Stroke option, but otherwise this is quite useful.

EDIT: I just figured out that it's Edit -> Stroke (Outline) Selection... for my program.  Just wanted to put this alternate method out there in case someone else also can't find the stroke option your way.
AK-Shade's avatar
just found it now and it's so useful!

and I have to be honest that I used japanes soundeffects even though I'm not fluent...But I researched a lot about the soundwords and it should be correct...so it wouldn't be a problem hopefully right?
Gnoll-El's avatar
Quite useful.

Humans and their strange snobbishness.
MountainSmithy's avatar
Thanks! I'd've just made some crappily drawn ones were it not for this!
JuiceShell's avatar
I've been looking for something like this! Helps a lot. Thanks a bunch!Boing! Boing! 
x-RUFUS-x's avatar
This is very useful tutorial! Thank you
tagoston16's avatar
Awesome tutorial. Thanks for sharing it. :)
OkamiShelli's avatar
What's the translation for the characters in the last panel?
OkamiShelli's avatar
:3 Oh thanks! Oh wait, it's katakana?
Zombiesmile's avatar
no, it's kanji. 日本語
OkamiShelli's avatar
Oh that part. >.< (My mind totally blanked out on that.)

The other parts are katakana, though?
Zombiesmile's avatar
the other one in the speech bubble is hiragana. the sound effects are katakana.
RedGalaxyLlama's avatar
This is SUPER helpful, but I have a question!
Why shouldn't you use Comic Sans? I do really like the alternative styles, but why not Comic Sans?
Zombiesmile's avatar
 its universally known as a font that mainly amateurs use. (The image of home made flyers comes to mind) It's the Crocs of the design world, and if you want to be taken more seriously, it is advised to use a different font.
RedGalaxyLlama's avatar
Oh right, I never thought of it that way! Thanks so much!
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