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!
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.
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!!
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!
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.