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Hand-drawn balloons in photoshop by bigbigtruck Hand-drawn balloons in photoshop by bigbigtruck
I don't like using ovals or vector tools to make balloons in my comics, but it's also super hard for me to draw the oval smoothly AND the right shape on one pass, so here's what I do. Hope this helps somebody!
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BunnyNuggetz Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
this is awesome! thank you so much~
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DarinHuddy Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very helpful! Thanx!
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CheiftainMaelgwyn Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional
So useful! Thanks for posting this!
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chomiji Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Interesting!  Possibly a silly question, but how do you draw the tails?
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
about the same as the balloons - just one quick stroke in Photoshop, then another!  Sometimes if i can't get the second stroke right I'll copy and paste the first on a new layer an then tweak as needed. 
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lennan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Man, this will be so helpful for me! I've just been drawing them on the page because I'm not that skilled in Photoshop, but I will definitely be using this! THanks!
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Nesannce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
;-; Your tutorials help me so much. When I read all text tutorials I get so confused. Thank you!
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ChaztheWeasel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You've no idea just how helpful this is to us. Next to panelling, of course, just arranging the speech bubbles and drawing them properly is the biggest struggle I have in making comics. And I don't make comics as often as I'd like to. Hopefully with practice I'll get on that!!
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thetickinghearts Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Hahah, I do the same exact thing! I've tried a few different methods and definitely like this way the best :D
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CeeDeeEmBee Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student Filmographer
BLESS YOU
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Kumata Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist
Very, very helpful, I'll favourite this for future reference. :)
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Wai-Jing Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That's really interesting. I just assumed you used vectors, since the result looks very similar. I'm constantly struggling with this  - digital balloons look too overly neat and mechanized, but my hand-drawn ones are messy and ugly-looking. There needs to be an in-between option!
Waaaaahhhh, why haven't I discovered the 'warp' option before now?! That's so useful - in fact, I can use it on the thing I'm doing right now! Thanks for that :)

Btw, I love this exchange in the comic - I hadn't read it yet when I first saw this, had to go look up the latest pages. Can't wait to see where this is heading!
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kineko Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very very much!
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gardendoor Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013

This is very helpful!

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xechon Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I approve! Going to have to try out your method :)
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childings Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is actually super helpful and easy to understand. Thanks for sharing your process!
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klar Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
ooo, I didn't know so much work went into the bubbles, but it looks way better than your average ellipse...
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ansuz Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
That's pretty much my method, except that I use one layer for the balloons, redraw the outline instead of transforming (I'm maybe not as picky as I should be about neat-looking ovals, but then some of my favorite manga use relatively rough-shaped balloons), and use a large, hard brush set to Behind mode to fill in the white on the same layer as the outlines.

Thanks for making the tutorial! I'll have to try the Warp transform trick.
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tarorae Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very nice! My balloons are probably my weakest part of my comic. Really, that's what I get for drawing it all by hand. :P

Thanks for the suggestion!
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OyOy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student
...Oh.
OH.
That makes things so much simpler, why didn't I think of this before? ;___;
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thetimidone Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
wow this is very helpful thank you ! 
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ACZamudio Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional
This is great! I'll definitely use this technique!
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Xaidurk Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this! For me, speech balloons are so simple traditionally but stupidly difficult digitally (if you go the hand-drawn route) so I was about to give up, but this helps a ton!
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ThunderGodXarbala Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
This is really quite handy.  Thanks!
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shingworks Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ew, this is exactly my process. Like, 100% accuracy. Get out of my brain, EK!
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
[Hovers over you breathing creepily]
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MrsNox Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, that still looks too complicated to a technophobe like me, but I loved seeing the process bi by bit! :thumbsup:
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Cold-Creature Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I knew about the modify trick, but not the warp tool~ ;D You've taught me something new! Thank you!! 
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