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Comics Lettering Tutorial by themightyfro Comics Lettering Tutorial by themightyfro
This is a tutorial I created that gives a basic overview on how to lettering a comic book page. I've had quite a few questions on lettering lately, so I figured I would just write down how I work.

Please visit www.balloontales.com for the most comprehensive collection of lettering advice online. You should definately read the entire site if you want to letter. Also, www.digitalwebbing.com/forums is a forum where some great letterers hang out, and they are always willing to share advice. These are the two sites I used when first starting out, and continue to use.

I would like for this tutorial to be a work in progress, so please leave comments, suggests, and further questions!

To check out the actual page featured in this tutorial, go to Black Rose #2, page 15.
Be sure to check out , who did the lineart featured in this tutorial.

I do mostly writing and lettering, so if you need someone or want to toss around ideas, please drop me a note! I'd love to see more comics action happening around Deviantart, even beyond just posting stuff!
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:iconemerson-fialho:
Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Artist
Spetacular!
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:iconmartinfoxcomics:
martinfoxcomics Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
i like this!!
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:iconcartoongurra:
CartoonGurra Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice tutorial. It's going to come in handy thanks! :)
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:iconespressocity:
espressocity Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Lettering as a profession?
I hadn't known that.
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:iconnimeshmorarji:
NimeshMorarji Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
errrr.... were can i read the tutorial?
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:iconrhandi-mask:
Rhandi-Mask Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Download the image.
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:iconnimeshmorarji:
NimeshMorarji Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ah! silly me... thanks
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:iconjimmyt85:
JimmyT85 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Thank you for your tutorials and guides. I am going to delve into the world of comic book lettering, so I appreciate the time taken to make guides and tutorials. Thanks!
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:iconloveforgotten:
loveforgotten Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
Ok, this is amazing- just sayin' :)
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:iconshadowkilla1111:
Shadowkilla1111 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
How am i supposed to view the tutorial?
I'm too dumb, plus im new to deviant art
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:iconninten64fan:
Ninten64Fan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
You click download image in the left side :P
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:iconroelworks:
roelworks Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
love it... nuff said
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:icononeintheinfinite:
oneintheinfinite Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Helpful!
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:icontechtoth:
techtoth Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Very useful, many thanks!
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:iconkarensoares:
KarenSoares Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
Thanks for the tips!
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:iconazelah:
Azelah Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
Thanks for the tutorial!
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:iconcesca-specs:
cesca-specs Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really useful! Thanks!
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EmeraldRyuSenshi Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
great tutorial thanks for making it!
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:iconhadroncolliderscope:
Hadroncolliderscope Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
thanks man, this helps out!
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:iconlos-chainbird:
Los-Chainbird Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
thank you! This is a big help, especially on the bezier curves.
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:iconabornazyne:
abornazyne Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
i didnt know how to do that thanks check out my deviations look up abornazyne
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:iconlilmie:
lilmie Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Student Digital Artist
veary helpfull thanks
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:iconyack-m:
Yack-M Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial
I know its going to be really useful :D
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:iconiamhollingsworth:
IamHollingsworth Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
great tutorial!
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:iconchaoticrealmsmanga:
ChaoticRealmsManga Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Student Artist
Did you draw the comic that is up there, I might put my comic up on Deviant Art soon, but it is nowhere near as good as the one in your example of lettering.
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:iconmagaly:
magaly Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for this! i am branching into comics and you just saved my life. :]
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:iconsilvertide:
Silvertide Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
Good stuff, I look forward to reading your theory tut.
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:iconjencamacho:
JenCamacho Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!
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:iconbornahorse:
bornahorse Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
Wow, this tutorial is really great! If I ever end up writing the comic idea I had, I'll deffinitly use this tutorial. Thanks for posting!
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:iconmidnightxfire:
midnightxfire Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
ahh, I wish I had some basic knowledge of adobe illustrator! I'm so new to this whole cartooning field that it's kind of pathetic. I'll favorite this anyway for future reference, cuz it looks really helpful :D Thanks for making it!
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PoeticManiac Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This will help me one day in the future....but for now I am so not pro enough to use this!! thanks though I will be adding it to my favs ^^
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Timcanpy-chi Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
O~O
Thats helpfull, wow.
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:iconozyoso:
ozyoso Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008
Looks useful.

Thx!!!
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:iconotacon144:
Otacon144 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Student Filmographer
This could come in very handy someday. :D Thanks for putting it up.
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:iconfrizz-bee:
frizz-bee Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Why thanks : )
I pretty sure this will come in handy sometime :heart:
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geraldTuraray Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
wewt! really useful stuff here :D
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UnseenGhost99 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
Great tutorial.

Used this for a school project and it looks really nice.

Thanks! =)
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:iconwarwind:
Warwind Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
great tut, thanks a lot! :heart:
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:iconikoj:
iKoj Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
Thank you, this is very helpful. I'm faving it.
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brokenhearted12 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
wow thanks for the comic thing but it was a little to long and boring but you put great effort in it ! anyway try to make it less boring!GOOD LUCK!
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:icon5exer:
5exer Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent Im creating a huge graph novel right now and have been lettering it myself. Thanks for putting this together I appreciate it.

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BeccaXP Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
thanks man ......................um are you a man or woman......................................................um sorry for asking you
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:iconhellhigh:
HellHigh Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
That will help me muchly ^^
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:iconcrimson-idol:
crimson-idol Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007  Student General Artist
at last!
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:iconevasive:
evasive Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007
I definitely learned from this. Thanks, man! You really put the "Mighty" in your name with this tutorial, hehe. :D
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:iconkordyne:
Kordyne Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007
Wonderfully useful, thank you :)
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:iconbreester:
Breester Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
AWESOME this is what i needed lol
Im tired of trying to do lettering by hand its a pain
and i no i must sound stupid saying i do it by hand but u have to have talent to do that lol
or have friends with like awesome handwritting that looks exactly like that lol well yeah i no i must sound stupid but yeah
thx
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Daedalus-Machina Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
How is it that you place fonts inside a template? I'm rather new to Illustrator, but the help files don't seem to be helping as much as I'd like.
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Studiohq Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2007
This is great!!! I'm saving it to my comp....
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leeling18 Featured By Owner May 26, 2007
these are some great tips. i tried to use photoshop for the lettering and word balloons. ended up driving myself crazy.

i have a question about the script. on panel one, for example the script reads:
1.)chimoku: that was a warning. this isn't.
2.)chimoku: identify yourself.

does that mean that the two lines go in different word balloons? i know since you wrote and lettered this yourself, you had the freedom to adjust things. but what if i did the script and someone else did the letters?
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