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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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ChaosCampus Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Am I missing something? Where is the actual tutorial?
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Shironaii Featured By Owner 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
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xenopologist Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful. Thanks!
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fatgoldfish Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
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
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fatgoldfish Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
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.
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TheOnlyWarman Featured By Owner 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
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batlesbo Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this! I'm sure many comic book -future- artists are deeply grateful!
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Swingerzetta Featured By Owner 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
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swiftgold Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are very helpful, thank you! :D
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mikeengelen Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
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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Shantella Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh WOW... I just read both parts and this is awsome. Makes me want to try and create comics again.
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neonlargo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks a bunch for sharing so much!
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geraldTuraray Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
haha i like the last example where the speech and thought overlapped.
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bez7rethin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007
This is really great. Thanks for sharing!
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vnbenedicto Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
don't know if anyone mentioned this already but dreamer designs does most of topcow's lettering.
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angiepk Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just took a look at all three tutorials. This is going to help me out so much.

Thanks very much for taking time out to do this. :) :+fav:
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genekelly Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic set of tutorials. Thanks for sharing these with us.
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Akireshaun Featured By Owner May 30, 2005
yeah! it did came out wiht help! Nice nice Tutorial .

yep! stories X__x
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Corabain Featured By Owner May 21, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
wow thats way helpful! thanks, i always have trouble with layin out word bubbles an all!
Deserves a fav for the evedent amount of time youve taken to make this for others, way to go!
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themightyfro Featured By Owner May 22, 2005
Glad I could help!
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FuPoo Featured By Owner May 21, 2005
^-^
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patrickstrange Featured By Owner May 19, 2005
great stuff... click and fave
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senor-taco Featured By Owner May 18, 2005
i love this site
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FanArtMarker Featured By Owner May 18, 2005
your tutorials are great
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themightyfro Featured By Owner May 18, 2005
Thanks!
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blackzer0 Featured By Owner May 18, 2005
man, this is awesome. Thank you so much!
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mattcrap Featured By Owner May 17, 2005
awesome!!
thanks again and agian and again
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Dark99 Featured By Owner May 17, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very informative... thanks for taking the time out of your life to make these for the people of DA.
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themightyfro Featured By Owner May 17, 2005
I'm glad to...to be honest, making these forces you to cement the ideas in your own mind so you can explain them clearly. So it was a valuable experience making them, as well.
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Dark99 Featured By Owner May 17, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I understand...
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