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So I thought about doing this for so long but never got around to doing it until now. So I'm making a tutorial thread for the sake of sharing my tips & tricks to everyone. Enjoy!

How To Do Lettering in Clip Studio Paint, Jackster's Way!

Anyways, for years I've been using Adobe Illustrator to do my lettering for my comics (thanks to Comicraft for teaching me), but after a while I went through some struggles when taking the Illustrator route. Such as importing your lettering to your comic and making further edits to it if it doesn't look right. While you can do this in Photoshop if it's a Smart Object, you cannot do this in Clip Studio Paint. You have to rasterize it in order to put it in your comic.

Don't you wish you can make edits to your lettering in CSP? Don't you wish you can even DO lettering in CSP? Well look no further, as I managed to at least find a workaround to this!

If you may or may not know, CSP has its own lettering feature. While it is useful, it doesn't entirely have all the necessary stuff needed similar to lettering in Illustrator. I managed to come close to emulating the professional lettering gig after some fooling around, as demonstrated below.

So how did I do it? Well sit down, shut up, and I'll tell you.

Making a speech bubble

Okay, first were gonna need some text. So put in whatever you want to type in.

Yeah, that'll work. Now go to the Text sub tool group, then Curve Balloon, and make sure the settings are like shown below:

Add in four corners and voila! You have a speech bubble!

Now look at it. It's misaligned and junk. Hardly straight at all. That's where my favorite part comes in. Go to the Vector Control sub tool group, then Pinch Vector Line, and for this part we'll use these settings.

Note: CSP will have the Pinch level and Effect Level on the Indicator (i.e. the five blocks) as the default settings. If you want to change it to the slider as shown above, just right click on it and choose Show Slider.

Now then, when you click and drag on the corners of the bubble, look what happens.

Instant Vector Magic! Fix each the corners until it looks straight enough.

Making the Tail

Good, we got the bubble all done, now we need the tail. I highly recommend you stay away from CSP's stock balloon tail tools because the end results look ugly:

Yikes! Time to make those tails the right way. Now there are 2 ways you can do this: the easy way (the way I do it) and the mildly hard way. We'll start with the easy way.

So what's so easy about the easy way? Simple. You draw it. Go the Text sub tool group again, then click on Balloon Pen, and we'll use the settings below for this demonstration.

Note: Make sure the brush size matches that of the brush size of the bubble, that way you'll get the perfect line width for them both.

Now with the Balloon Pen in hand, just simply draw the tail in.

Magical, ain't it? If you have a shaky hand however, not to worry! You can use the Stabilizer of that.

It even works great with Lazy Nezumi as well!

But if you have a REALLY shaky hand, or just want to make that perfect tail, then we have no other choice but to go to the mildly hard way. This way works kind of like using Adobe Illustrator, but with some more tweaking involved.

Just go to the Text sub group again, click on the Curve Balloon, and change the curve to the Cubic Beizer setting:

And just click and the drag the curves until you have somewhat of a tail. Now click the anchor point at the end of the tail, right click, and select Switch Corner. This will turn the anchor point from curved to straight, so you'll be able to get that pointed tail in no time. With that, just keep on touching up the tail to perfection.

Now you know why it's mildly hard, because it's a longer process than just drawing it. You can even use the Pinch Vector tool to modify.

Just make sure to memorize where the anchor points hidden inside the bubble are if you plan on widening the tail a bit.

Drawing the Speech Bubble on your own

Sure, you now know how to make a balloon, but what if you want to use your favorite inking brush on it? Or just simply draw it? You can do that too. But you're going to need to draw it on a Vector Layer if you want to modify it the same way you did on the other one. To do that, just go to Layer>New Layer>Vector Layer, or just simply click on the Vector Layer icon in the Layers Palette.

This Vector Layer will work with just about any kind of brush you throw at it, premade or custom. Just note that you cannot use the fill tool on it. So to fill in the speech bubble you need to fill it in a separate Raster Layer.

Anyways, with that crap out of the way, let's draw it. We'll be drawing it with a ruler.

No not that one, you kindergartner! CSP's set of rulers. Go to the Ruler sub tool group, then Curve Ruler, and select the curve to the Quadratic Beizer setting. Set up the balloon the same way you did with the Balloon tool, select your favorite brush, and draw away!

So you drew this bubble but you want to modify it a bit further but you can't because you just drew it. Not to worry! Thanks to you for drawing it on that Vector Layer I told you about, you can fix those pesky corners too! Just make sure you have Connect Line checked, then remember the starting point of your line and push it out a little so it will snap in place as one whole line.

Now to draw that tail. Just draw that tail as you normally would (the easy way), and here's where it gets fun. Go to the Eraser sub group, click on Vector, and with one fell swoop, the lines are gone! Just remember to make the brush size reasonably small.

And there you have it! You did a speech bubble in CSP! Congratulations! Pat yourself in the back for a job well done.

I'm hoping to make more of these tutorials later or when I have the time. But for now, tootles!

Art Jams / Blacklight Jam
« on: Jan 30, 2018, 09:05 AM »
Draw your character like they're in a rave party. Glow to your heart's content.

Art Jams / The What-If Jam
« on: Oct 16, 2016, 09:42 AM »
Ever wondered what would happen if Gray didn't have a miserable life, or if Xia never became leader of an underground city, or if TL Bot wasn't so 'totally lame' after all? Then this jam is for you.

The What-If Jam, the AU Jam, call it what you will. Take any character and change their lives around, either for the bad or the good or whatever the hell you want.

With that said and done, I'll start off with something I had in mind: What would happen if Dolly became a fallen angel and followed the path of becoming a demon?

Art Jams / Aging Jam
« on: May 31, 2016, 10:14 PM »
Ever wanted to draw what your character(s) would look like 20 years or even 60 years from now? Or even 4 centuries for those slow aging characters? This is the jam just for that!

I'll start off with something I've been wanting to draw for years.

Adult Dolly.

Art Jams / Fusion Jam
« on: Mar 25, 2015, 07:02 PM »
If any of you remember those PokeFusion drawings you find on Tumblr or remember that one DBZ episode where 2 Z fighters fused together, then this is the same concept. Just take 2 or more Void characters (or 4 or 8 if you're that hardcore) and fuse them together to make one awesome character. I'll start off this jam with something I been wanting to draw for a couple of days now.


Art Jams / Borrower Jam
« on: Jan 27, 2013, 08:28 PM »
So after looking at Greg's Tiny Tumblers meme over at Tumblr, I thought I'd try to bring this over to VOID as well.

So the idea is to turn yourself, or any of your characters, into a person no more than four inches tall. Just think of The Borrowers or the movie 9 or whatever. What would your character dress like? What weapons or tools would they create out of? (scissor blade, pin needle, etc.) What would their little crib look like using everyday household objects? Be creative with this.

Here is me as one. My clothing were cut and stitched together using different kinds of material from blankets, in addition to a bandage for no reason. I would use cut-up Campbell’s soup labels for arm and leg wraps, the shoes made out of shoe material and the out sole of the shoes were cut out from a leather belt.

My weapon of choice is a letter opener sharpened into a blade, with a Sorry game piece as its hilt, both super-glued together.

Art Jams / Cosplay Jam
« on: Oct 22, 2011, 09:40 PM »
Halloween is closing in. So dress up your character in whatever you can think of.

So to kick off this jam, here's Nutty as Captain Morgan.

And Dolly as Rapunzel.

Art Jams / Batman in a Kimono Jam
« on: Mar 28, 2011, 10:37 PM »

Title says it all.

Art Jams / Transformers Jam
« on: Jun 25, 2009, 04:25 PM »
With Revenge of the Fallen coming up, take any kind of machine (electronic, mechanic, automotive, etc.) and turn it into a Transformer. It can be from an iPod, or a Hummer, or a washing machine, or maybe even.....

.....a game console.

Art Jams / Character Redux Jam
« on: Mar 29, 2009, 06:25 PM »
This idea has been thrown around a few times, so I'm bringing it back.

Take any character from any media (tv show, movie, comic book, VOID, etc.) and redesign it to your own likings. I'll start off with this one pic I just finished up tonight.

Lilo & Stitch.

Art Jams / Oekaki/PaintChat Jam
« on: Dec 15, 2008, 09:59 PM »
Post here all of your beloved oekaki and/or Paintchat works here to show to the world. Also, explain what oekaki applet you used to create your drawings.

I'll start with my stuff.

This was done on Shi-Painter Pro. Click the image for full view.

And the two below are done using Chibi Paint.

spit spat, time to chat / Youtube Thread
« on: Mar 07, 2007, 02:43 PM »
So I heard from a nearby podcast that a YouTube thread needs to be created, so let me do the honors and present a topic filled with video goodness.

I'll start with mine. This here will probably be the funniest Boss Battle you'll ever see. EVER! Like, you'll crap you pants while watching this........... literally........

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