Making Comic Balloons With Adobe Illustrator

Written by greg lindberg
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Adobe Illustrator is an image editing application that allows you to create all kinds of documents, including posters, flyers, banners, postcards, magazine covers, comics and more. If you want to create a comic image you can insert pictures or other graphics. You can also use the Drawing toolbar to create you own images and text balloons to add to your characters. The balloons, or callouts, are easiest to make when you create your text first.

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  • Adobe Illustrator

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  1. 1

    Open the Adobe Illustrator application on your computer. Click on the "Text" tool from the Drawing toolbar and then drag your mouse to create a text box.

  2. 2

    Type in the words you want to appear in your comic balloon. Highlight the text and the click on the font drop-down menu from the top toolbar to select the font you want.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Size" drop-down menu to select the size you want for your font. The text box will then remain transparent.

  4. 4

    Hold down the "Alt" key and drag your mouse around the text to draw an oval shape. Click on the oval shape and then drag any of the sides to change the size of your shape.

  5. 5

    Click on the "Pen" tool from the Drawing toolbar and draw one side of the tail end for your balloon. Draw the other side of the tail end and you will have your comic balloon.

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