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Marscaleb



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 4:36 am    Post subject: Sound Effects Reply with quote

I don't like the V's in Badaboom, they are too square.
Plus the default spacing gives me overlap that becomes too noticeable when I convert the text into an outline.

Anyone got any recommendations for a better sound effect font?

Hmm, while we're at it... I might as well extend this thread to compare notes on creating sound effects, so here's my process.

I create a piece of black text, usually using Badaboom, set to a larger size than I need. I use the command "Alpha to Selection" to select the text, then shrink the selection by a couple pixels, then floodfill with white. This gives me white text with a black outline. I used to create a duplicate layer and then expand the selection a little, fill with black, and then move the original layer back on top, (change it to white,) and then merge, but while that outline technically looks better, it doesn't look better enough to justify the extra work.
Sometimes I color my sound effect something other than black and white, but this usually looks odd so I've been avoiding it except for certain occasions. Usually I bring the opacity down a small degree.
I then take that layer and apply perspective, or a sheer/rotate with a scale to give it a dynamic look reflective of the sound itself.
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mcmasters



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd go comic sans.

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Marscaleb



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 4:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


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iaviv



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just draw them. I do use fonts as a starting point sometimes, to have an idea of the layout, or to base my drawing on it. But it's all hand drawn, either digitally or on paper.
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Gar



Joined: 30 Nov 2010
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't use sound effects often, Badaboom's one of my go-tos, but I basically got everything I could get for free off of BlamBot and choose whatever looks most appropriate (here's a recent page with sound effects).

I do all my line work and text layout in Illustrator, and make extensive use of the 'envelope distort' tool for sound effects. Putting a slight arc onto the text and making it lean in or out of the frame a little bit can help link the sound effect to its source. [/url]
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MindChimera



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I draw mine too. I was going to use a font at first, but decided that with all the font options out there, I wasn't going to find exactly what I wanted. I also wanted the option to make some text arc or shaped differently, depending on the scenario, which I can't do the way I want in Manga Studio.

I could export it to Gimp, but I'm very against using two programs for my art. More often than not, I find mistakes and have to go fix things, and it's such a pain to have to re-export and open it again in another program for a minor error.

Marscaleb - You use Gimp, right? I might actually have a use for your method, so I'm going to play around with it. Thanks for sharing.
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