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Lettering Tutorial by Zombiesmile Lettering Tutorial by Zombiesmile
[Update] Since people keep asking "why not use comic sans?", its universally known as a font that mainly amateurs use. (The image of home made flyers comes to mind) It's the Crocs of the design world, and if you want to be taken more seriously, it is advised to use a different font.

As promised! This is how I letter my work. Hope this is helpful to someone!

Here's some more useful links:

•Download 300 finished speech bubbles 300 Free Speech Bubbles (Download) by Zombiesmile


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:iconokamishelli:
OkamiShelli Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
What's the translation for the characters in the last panel?
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:iconzombiesmile:
Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Professional
'Japanese'
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OkamiShelli Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016
:3 Oh thanks! Oh wait, it's katakana?
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:iconzombiesmile:
Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Professional
no, it's kanji. 日本語
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OkamiShelli Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016
Oh that part. >.< (My mind totally blanked out on that.)

The other parts are katakana, though?
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Professional
the other one in the speech bubble is hiragana. the sound effects are katakana.
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RedGalaxyLlama Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
This is SUPER helpful, but I have a question!
Why shouldn't you use Comic Sans? I do really like the alternative styles, but why not Comic Sans?
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Professional
 its universally known as a font that mainly amateurs use. (The image of home made flyers comes to mind) It's the Crocs of the design world, and if you want to be taken more seriously, it is advised to use a different font.
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RedGalaxyLlama Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Oh right, I never thought of it that way! Thanks so much!
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catheartstripe Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Student General Artist
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Rosyane Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Very good.It helped me so much.I am goint to use on my manga Itachi Shippuden and Sasori Shippuden.
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JennissyCooper Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015
Oh my, when I make my bubbles, I just use the elliptical tool and don't edit the oval at all, that's why I thought it looks so weird.
Thanks a lot for the tips! :la:
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EmmaFlorian Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Student General Artist
machi46

This would make your comics killer! Your art is so good but the text is a disaster tbh!

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machi46 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Er, thanks for your honesty...? :XD:
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:iconemmaflorian:
EmmaFlorian Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Student General Artist
Sorry! I Just had to say something about it! Sometimes I can't read it! :(
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:iconmachi46:
machi46 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sai Paint makes writing hard! >.< Plus you can't type on Sai
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EmmaFlorian Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Student General Artist
:( maybe leave spaces and open it on another program?
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:iconmachi46:
machi46 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, but it's stressful >.< i'm always afraid I'll ruin the picture
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:iconemmaflorian:
EmmaFlorian Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Student General Artist
Just test it on something blank, you'll get the hang of it
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machi46 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
K
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GasmaskTrenchcoat Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
I love these. I want to get into comics but I'm paralyzed with apprehension because I have no idea what I'm doing. Thank you for making these to elaborate on your own process. At least now I know one way how a professional does it. Thank you.
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yupinukedem Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Oooh, incrediby helpful for what I might be getting into soon.
Thanks a lot!
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BreathFlux Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you a lot for this tutorial!! 
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Osanagokoro Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooh, super helpful! I found this on tumblr but wanted to make sure I let you know how wonderful it was that you shared this with us! Thank you!
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Sigmaeclipzip Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe it's time for me to upgrade quality of my work ^^

And tutos are always welcome ! Thanks ! (And I also love your works ^^)
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Professional
glad you like them. :)
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FrattagliaFumante Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how amazing are you? Thanks!!!
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ynne-black Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Student General Artist
You are absolutely wonderful, thank you for sharing so much of useful stuff with us!
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naihoytamin Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
This tutorial helps me a lot ,thank you so much ^^
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RobbyCobalt Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Thank you very much for making this tutorial~ It will definitely come in handy
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sherryXcherry Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Kurz kompakt und verständlich! Kleine Frage: Findest du, dass es einfacher zu lesen ist wenn die Sprechblasen nochmal mit weiß umrandet sind oder machst du das aus anderen Gründen?
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Professional
hi,
ja, ich finde es recht nervig, wenn Sprechblasen mit dem Hintergrund verschwimmen. 
Hin und wieder ist es nicht  notwendig, aber ich mache es, weil ich es schöner und übersichtlicher finde.
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sherryXcherry Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Danke für die Antwort ^^
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Professional
gern geschehen. :)
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Kiratos Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this awesome tutorial!
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StinkiesDraws Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Question, if you may, but what is wrong with using "Comic sans?"
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MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What ISN'T wrong with it?
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StinkiesDraws Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It was the only font I had in my computer before I got more.
Personal, I see no harm in using it.
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional
it is an amateur mistake to make and is recognised as being unprofessional in all creative professions.
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KetsuoTategami Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for sharing =)
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional
sure thing. hope it's useful.  :3
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InnocentInsanity270 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student General Artist
I really understand this thank you :)
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missZoid Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
I will cherish this tutorial forever!!! thank you master!!
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CrystalTheRenahog Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
But what if you use Google Translate?
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CrystalTheRenahog Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
Oh okay, thank you.
I'm making a comic for my original story but it's like Manga where you have to read right-to-left because I plan on translating it into a different language.
That makes sense right?
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Lupus-Ignis Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Unless you are from a culture where right-to-left reading is the norm, I would strongly advise against it. I have seen quite a few comics made by Western people who believed that right-to-left is the "proper" way to read a manga. They almost always clash, because the artist is consciously trying to work right-to-left with the major elements while she unconsciously works right-to-left with the details. The rule of "keep it simple, stupid" (KISS) dictates that whenever you want to put something into your work that makes deciphering it harder, there must be a pay-off that is greater than the loss in clarity.
That said, it is YOUR comic, so it is your decision.
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CrystalTheRenahog Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
Hm...yeah, good point...
Thanks for the advise(?). ^^
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AngieMyst Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'd play it safe and not use Translate, maybe enlist the help of a fluent Japanese speaker, as this is more of a cultural thing and Google often gets it wrong :meow:
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CrystalTheRenahog Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Oh okay. XD
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