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Comics Lettering Theory Part 2 by themightyfro Comics Lettering Theory Part 2 by themightyfro
This is part 2 of the tutorial. If you haven't read part 1, here is the [LINK TO PART 1 OF 2]

Here is Part 2 of 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!

- chris
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Am I missing something? Where is the actual tutorial?
iluvmanga2000 Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Press the download image button on the right underneath "more like this" that will bring up the actual tutorial. What you're seeing right now is a preview pic set by :iconthemightyfro: because the tutorial's file was too large. Many other tutorials are also set up this way. Hope this helps!:D
xenopologist Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful. Thanks!
thanks for the tutorials on lettering. this helped me with a paper for class about creating comics too. it was great, and i loved how you used Blankets as an example. <3
thanks for the tutorials on lettering. this helped me with a paper for class about creating comics too. it was great, and i loved how you used Blankets as an example. <3 that really was an amazingly done graphic novel.
TheOnlyWarman Jan 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
you should do one about balloon shapes with more techincal detail about how to approach that other than just the regular balloon model
batlesbo Oct 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this! I'm sure many comic book -future- artists are deeply grateful!
Swingerzetta Jul 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Great tutorial, answered many of the questions I was trying to find informed opinions on. I've seen that all these elements can change or enhance how dialogue is presented, but I wasn't sure exactly how.

One thing, though, is that I found the text difficult to read. I am not able to read large amounts of text on screen as it is; I usually have the font size bumped up much higher than usual. Not possible with a picture.

In the end, I printed this out, which I hope you don't mind. that worked better. But I think a non-serifed font, and, if possible, bigger font size, would have made this much easier to read, for me, and those who have similar screen-reading challenges
swiftgold Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are very helpful, thank you! :D
Thanks this is a very useful information. I like how it appeals to our human intuition, making us have some sort of "percepcion appreciattion and analysis" to know what effect each kind of usage and effect of text globes and text can have.

Thanks a lot for ahring this.

In the FORSAKEN comic I would have done also this:
Panel 1: Man offers cigarrete ("smoke?...") , then other -one or two- text balloon -s-, very separated ("void globe and/or ellipsis)

Panel 2: Man looking opposite away or down
("Yeah, trying to quit myself")
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