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03-05-2015, 05:53 PM
I'm new to the lettering game. What do I need to know about making balloons in Inkscape?

paul brian deberry
03-05-2015, 08:11 PM
Inkscape? I don't even know what the hell that is. I suggest you invest some time messing around under the hood.

check out blambot.com, balloontales.com and kleinletters.com

then spend some time on youtube watching a tutorials.

when ready check out the lettering activity archive. letter one of those. maybe find a mentor.

03-05-2015, 10:30 PM
I do my lettering in Inkscape. It seems to have almost all the functionality of the more famous programs, but not quite all.

Paul's advice is super solid for where to read.

03-06-2015, 11:46 AM
How do you make the balloons?

03-06-2015, 12:13 PM
How do you make the balloons?

There are lots of resources available. Have you checked out the links that Paul provided? I am not even a letterer and I have seen the links where balloon making is described. Have you googled your question? How to make a word balloon? As Paul said, there are tutorials on you tube describing the process of making a word balloon.

The same thing goes for your question about coloring. Have you used Manga Studio? The newest Manga Studio has colors. You can draw, color, and letter your book all in that one program. Is it the best program? No one can answer that question for you. The best way to learn, is to start doing. Use different programs, read reviews, and watch tutorials.

I am not trying to be a jerk, but you need to do the work for yourself. Paul provided you with some links. I am sure that one of them shows you how to make a balloon. You are asking this question, but have you bothered to look some stuff up on your own, or pursue the resources that have been cited?

03-06-2015, 12:53 PM
No, that's why I'm asking. I don't know this stuff. And it doesn't matter if you are trying or not. You are a JERK. Get bent.

03-06-2015, 01:15 PM
No, that's why I'm asking. I don't know this stuff. And it doesn't matter if you are trying or not. You are a JERK. Get bent.

I am sorry you feel that way, but you are going to have to learn how to use the internet if you want to be good at this stuff. It is going to be difficult for someone to teach you how to draw a word balloon inside this forum. I could go hunt some of the links for you, but I am feeling a little jerky.

03-06-2015, 01:17 PM
I would rather learn from the pros. That's why I came here. I'm very confused why you are here. Please quiet your noise and let the wise pros of the board answer my question. Thanks.

Pros, how do you make those word balloons?

Answering this question will help me get started as I jump into lettering.

03-06-2015, 01:55 PM
Here is a link for Nate Piekos website. He shows you how to do it by hand. He is a pro.


Here is another link where someone talks about using inkscape to do it. Don't know if he is a pro, but I don't think it matters since you still have to learn the basics anyway.


I want you to know, finding these links took me under five minutes. I used google.

03-06-2015, 02:43 PM
I want your own personal experience. How do you create those wonderful little bubbles?

03-06-2015, 02:49 PM
These are helpful. Thanks, Bud.

Comics Commando
03-06-2015, 08:05 PM
I don't know any pros who use inkscape. If you can get a copy of adobe illustrator--even an older version for cheap, do it. It's the industry standard.

Kurt Hathaway
Cartoon Balloons Studio
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03-07-2015, 01:52 PM
I would rather learn from the pros. That's why I came here.

I'm a pro, and I put a comprehensive walk-through on pretty much every aspect of lettering using Adobe Illustrator on my blog.

Part One: Preparing Your Script (http://clintflickerlettering.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/lettering-in-adobe-illustrator-one.html)

Part Two: Setting Up Your Document (http://clintflickerlettering.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/lettering-in-adobe-illustrator-two.html)

Part Three: Setting Type (http://clintflickerlettering.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/lettering-in-adobe-illustrator-three.html)

Part Four: Basic Balloons & Captions (http://clintflickerlettering.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/lettering-in-adobe-illustrator-four.html)

Part Five: Non-Standard Balloons (http://clintflickerlettering.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/lettering-in-adobe-illustrator-five.html)

Part Six: Sound Effects (http://clintflickerlettering.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/lettering-in-adobe-illustrator-six.html)

No pro will talk you through the process of doing it in Inkscape, because there aren't any pros doing it in Inkscape — pretty much everyone uses Illustrator.

Hope that's some help.


03-10-2015, 01:06 PM
Somebody recommended Inkscape. I thought they were a pro. :) Thanks for the help, guys.

03-11-2015, 04:40 PM
Inkscape is freeware

Illustrator is $600

I've heard of some using Manga Studio to letter, which at $200, seems like a decent compromise.

03-11-2015, 07:51 PM
You can't letter worth a damn in MangaStudio. I'm a massive fan of the software, but the typographic controls are woeful and there's no support for OpenType features.

Mac users looking for a non-Adobe alternative may want to look at Affinity Designer… there are a couple of pro-level print features that are currently missing, but they're on the developer's roadmap. It's a very creditable challenger to illustrator.

03-11-2015, 11:25 PM
What about CorelDRAW? Is this software of any use for comics letterers?

03-12-2015, 03:42 AM
Never used CorelDraw, since it's (currently) Windows-only but I'm given to believe that it's entirely possible to letter with it.

Stewart Vernon
03-12-2015, 05:28 AM
I haven't used CorelDraw for years. I switched over to a Mac again back in 2008... and Corel had stopped making their program for the Mac well before that. I thought they used to make a scaled-down draw program for the Mac, but I can't find that anymore either.

If you're working on a Windows PC, though, I don't see why CorelDraw wouldn't be good. Companies that I have worked with that used Windows machines for their art department were as apt to be CorelDraw as they were Adobe Illustrator from my experience.

03-13-2015, 09:05 AM
Hey dude, I'm new to lettering too. Balloontales is GOLD! And yeah Illustrator is great, here's a link to Illustrator CS2 Free Download http://www.techspot.com/downloads/5724-adobe-illustrator-cs2-free.html get on it FAST because these tend to expire. Best of luck to you.