Lettering tutorial: ‘Exploding‘ text word balloons
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Sometimes simple boldface lettering just isn’t enough. Sometimes I want a character to shout so loud it pops out of the word balloon itself. Using Clip Studio Paint, I can make that happen.
Here’s a video tutorial with step-by-step instructions…
Exploding text word balloons
- First, type the word(s) you want to emphasize. I like using a sound-effect font for this. In the example above, it’s Ratatatat by ComicCraft.
- Using the Magic Wand tool, select the area outside the type, and then use Shift-Command-i (Selection -> Invert Selected Area) to invert the selection.
- Expand the selection (Selection -> Expand Selected Area) by about 24 pixels
- Create a new layer (below the text), and fill the selection with white
- Expand the selection by another 12 pixels
- Create a new layer and…
- Fill the selection with black
- Create a folder and put all of these elements into it. It will make this so much easier to move around later!
- Create the rest of the word balloon
- Drag the word-balloon layer into the folder — between the white layer and the black layer!
Now you’ve got an “exploding type” word balloon that really delivers on expressiveness!