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Evan Henry
12-22-2012, 03:30 AM
I don't think I actually need to break borders in this case, but I thought it was a good page to try on, anyway. (Third page from this pitch (http://www.digitalwebbing.com/forums/showthread.php?t=164394), art and script by Jesse Johnson.) Only it came out looking really awful.

http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2012/356/8/4/trying_to_break_borders____by_evanhenry-d5ov4rm.jpg

I suspect this is because the thickness of the border I gave the balloon is greatly out of proportion with the weight of the panel border. Is that a correct assumption at all?

Thanks in advance!

CHWolf
12-22-2012, 03:39 AM
Eeehhhhh... seems like a questionable tactic morseo than execution.

I don't see any obvious issues with how you approached it. Border may be too thick, sure, but that's not anything YOU brought about.

Thomas Mauer
12-22-2012, 08:46 AM
Set the clipping mask to the outside of the panel border, then create a white-fill shape overlapping from the balloon fill into the gutter. You'll avoid stray black lines from the panel border, and the panel border will taper out into a point on each side instead of being bluntly cut off.

JimCampbell
12-23-2012, 05:07 AM
Thomas, as ever, speaks wisely. I did a fully painted book that had no panel borders at all and ended up essentially masking all the gutters with white boxes in AI to get nice, clean, open sides for the butted balloons.

Cheers

Jim

Evan Henry
12-24-2012, 01:07 AM
Set the clipping mask to the outside of the panel border, then create a white-fill shape overlapping from the balloon fill into the gutter. You'll avoid stray black lines from the panel border, and the panel border will taper out into a point on each side instead of being bluntly cut off.

This is what I was doing, but with rectangular fill shapes rather than circles. It took me much longer than it should have to realize that the corners were the problem.

Thanks for the comments, everybody.

Piekos
12-24-2012, 08:52 AM
I do it the same way Jim described. Currently doing a lot of this in Dark Horse's COLDER series.

~N

Evan Henry
12-26-2012, 08:51 PM
This is what I was doing, but with rectangular fill shapes rather than circles. It took me much longer than it should have to realize that the corners were the problem.

Thanks for the comments, everybody.

In case anyone was curious...

http://i1115.photobucket.com/albums/k554/EvanBHenry/image3027-1_zpsc581d2d6.jpg

CHWolf
12-27-2012, 12:54 AM
Cool!

Shows what I know, that looks a lot better.

Clem Robins
12-28-2012, 11:58 AM
it's a lovely method. john workman did it a lot, to great advantage. carmine infantino, the greatest designer comics ever had, used balloons like this occasionally.