Manga Studio Lettering Tutorial — Video
Here’s a new thing I’m trying out — video tutorials. Please tell me what you think!
Lettering in Manga Studio
I’m convinced that the way Manga Studio (aka Clip Studio Paint) handles lettering is one in a long list of features that makes it a superior comics-creation software package.
- It breaks you out of the text-box approach (see below).
- It treats the text and the word balloon (and the word-balloon tails) as a single entity
- The enables you to group all of your word balloons in a folder — and adjust the opacity of that folder to better integrate the word balloons into the panels
- It enables you to create complex — yet easily manipulated — compound word balloons
Here’s the video. You will need to use the password webcomics.
The problem with a rectangular text box
I blame computer typography for this one. Most applications flow text into a rectangular box. But cartoonists usually place their text into a circular word balloon. As a result, there is often more space above and below the text than there is on the sides — which looks awkward. Luckily, if you’re setting type digitally, you have a simple fix for this problem. Just move the type up and key in a hard return after the first word or two, forcing the rest of the copy below the first line. You can even place a strategic return near the end of the text to force one or two words into the bottom of the balloon.
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