Digital Techniques: Video Tutorial #6

Many people have asked me how I create Zorphbert and Fred. Well, it’s been along winding process over the years, and I am always one to embrace the latest fad in technology (must be that gene passed down from my mom and grandfather). Currently, I am 100% digital, from sketch to finish. But it didn’t start out that way. You can read though an overview I wrote HERE, to get an idea of the full evolution. In this series I plan to take you through my evolution step by step, from fountain pens to my Tablet PC.  No matter where you are in the spectrum of digitally creating comics, these tutorials may be able to help you find a process that works for you!

Episode #5: Balloons, adding text, creating useful template files in Illustrator

  • Creating balloons using the rounded rectangle tool, and the pen tool
  • Using brush strokes to help blend the balloon with the rest of the artwork
  • Fonts and laying out text
  • Using layers effectively
  • Helpful hints in creating a template file
  • Saving your illustrator file.


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  1. Very informative, clear and explained easily to all who want to learn digital comics and hopefully star their own graphic novel business 😉 THX

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