View Full Version : Tip of the Day: Making the perfect Word Balloon.

09-03-2017, 09:16 PM


I'm making a every-so-often videos about comic book illustration and writing. This is the 5th in the series in... Making word balloons in Illustrator and formatting a page. Rather longer one, at 54 mins but still worth watching. Enjoy.

Tim Larsen www.timsnotebook.com
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09-05-2017, 07:15 AM
Cool tutorial. Very instructive. Many good tips.
Also you can achieve the same final shape you got for your balloon template by making the ellipse and modifying the shape using the direct selection tool.
This takes 2 minutes to be done. Simpler and faster than cutting and paste a circle. IMHO.
I like your multiplying of balloons on page. Or the using of hexagon tool for modifying the shape of text inside balloons.
Thanks for sharing.

09-14-2017, 06:43 PM
Very interesting technique. Scribbly's right, you can get a similar result by selecting the direction handles and scaling the shape. It loses some of that football shape like what you did here that way too. It's cool you've created your own unique style with this method, though. It's always interesting to see how other letterers work.