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Comics Lettering Theory Part 1 by themightyfro Comics Lettering Theory Part 1 by themightyfro
Here is Part 1 of 2 (see below for the linke to part 2) of the second of my adventures into comics lettering tutorials. This one has lots more picture examples, so I had to split it into two parts. This isn't so much a direct tutorial as an exploration of some of the theory behind different uses for lettering. For example, here we'll be talking about: creating emphasis using bold and italics, the effects of breaking up dialogue in different ways, the use of the double dash (--) and ellipsis (...), color and typography. In the first tutorial we learned what buttons to press, now we're going to talk about how to use that knowledge!

Special thanks to and who did the art for most of the example pictures.

Again, I'd like this to be a work in progress, so please give me your questions, comments, complaints, and general feedback!

When you finish, here's [THE LINK TO PART 2 OF 2]

- chris
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AldoTocci89 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really helpful, thank you!!!
PlasmaZoroark Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do you make links?
godeyes Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is very very helpful!!! thanks so much!!! i nearly choked when i read that pirate joke btw lol
ShahirahLikesMilk Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Student General Artist
I thank you so much for this! :iconiloveitplz:
kalkie Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Filmographer
This is a highly informative piece of tutorial for an important part of comic making! Thank you for taking the time to compile all this.

Might I suggest you submit this over to :iconartistshospital:? It's an active site for tutorials of all kinds and I know a lot more people will be thankful for this.
NuclearDraco Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Thank you for this Tutorial (and part 2) It's really helping me understand how important lettering will be for my comic.
anarchyfever Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank for this, I always have a hard time with text boxs.
ueihan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
Oh, Dr. McNinja. Or specifically; pirates!

Thanks for the tutorial!
batlesbo Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Really helpful, I'm glad you've done this!
(*goes to part 2!*)
GreenSprite Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
My favourite part is how you exemplified dialogue with characters obviously drawn for a different context. "I've always loved you..." Hilarious! :D
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