Creating yow oWn Word balloon template

Manga Studio EX users have eighteen default word balloons to choose from. It's impressive, until you discover that many of them are variations on a theme: Three are considered standard balloons, three are yelling balloons, and so on. There's a chance that you could go through all the word balloon templates provided and find that none of them match what you're looking for So, create your own!

Much like creating your own patterns and screentones, Manga Studio gives you the option to create your own word balloons. These balloons can be either vector or raster based, each with their own advantages and disadvantages:

v* Vector-based word balloons, created by using a ruler layer, can be resized without any change in the outline's width. You can also add a fill color and a tail to a vector-based balloon.

The downside is that you can use only the line or shape tools to create the rulers, so you don't get much freedom to create any wacky styles.

*** Raster-based word balloons, created on either a Raster or Tone Layer, can be created by any drawing tool you like. There are no limitations to the types of balloons you can create.

However, you don't get the advantages the vector-based balloons have. The width of the balloon's outline is affected by its size. In addition, you also can't set any kind of fill color (so you'll need to add a fill to the image before you create the template), nor can you add a tail to the balloon.

Choosing one or the other boils down to personal preference, as well as your need for the particular situation.

Creating a Word balloon template from a ruler layer

Using this method, creating word balloons is as simple as creating a ruler — if you need a brush-up on creating rulers, head over to Chapter 8.

Follow these steps to create a vector-based word balloon on a ruler layer:

1. From the main menu, choose LayerCNew Layer.

2. Enter a name for the new layer and select Ruler Layer from the Layer Type drop-down list.

When you click OK, you're automatically on the new ruler layer.

4. From the Tools palette, select the Shape tool. Hold it down for a couple of seconds and select the Elliptical shape.

5. Using the Shape tool, create an oval of any size.

6. Select the Object Selector from the Tools palette.

7. Ctrl+click (38+click on the Mac) the oval you just created.

8. From the main menu, choose Edit1: Save Pattern as Word Balloon.

The Save Pattern as Word Balloon dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 12-14.

9. Enter a name for your new word balloon in the Name text box.

10, Adjust the default line width by entering a value between 0,1 mm and 5.0 mm in the Line Width text box.

Figure 12-14:

The Save Pattern as Word Balloon dialog box.

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11. (Optional) Select a color for the outline by clicking the Line Color box.

For the most part, the default color (black) will work for your outline color, but you at least have the option to change its color if you want to add some variety.

12. To make sure that the word balloon Is filled in by default, select the Fill Word Balloon check box. The default color (white) will suffice.

13. Adjust the text box to fit within the word balloon.

The text box is the thin blue rectangle with the X inside it running along the border of the preview pane. (Look at Figure 12-14 to see what I mean.) If you look closely, you should see square endpoints on the corners of the rectangle. Use you mouse or stylus to click and drag the endpoints inside the word balloon until the text box fits comfortably within the word balloon. (That is, there's enough of a buffer between the text box and balloon borders that there is no risk of crowding text.)

14. Click OK when you're done.

You now have a word balloon template all ready for you to use with your dialogue. Simply select it like you would any other template, and adjust it as needed (see Figure 12-15).

The preceding steps show only one way you can create a word balloon. You can try creating a unique shape using any of the other line or shape tools.

,jjWNG/ if the shape you create isn't fully enclosed (that is, created with the Shape or Polyline tool), you can't fill it in with a default color. You also can't add a tail to the balloon later on.

Figure 12-15:

You can create word balloons that will withstand any kind of transformation.

Figure 12-15:

You can create word balloons that will withstand any kind of transformation.

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Creating a Word baUoon template (ram a raster or tone (ayer

Time to start flexing those artistic muscles! If you're looking to create a word balloon template that you can really say is yours, this is how to do it.

Follow these steps to create a raster-based word balloon from raster or tone layer:

1. From the main menu, choose Layer: New Layer,

2. Enter a name for the new layer and select Raster or Tone Layer from the Layer Type drop-down list.

If you're working with a raster layer, be sure to set your resolution to its highest setting, relative to the page resolution. Check out Chapter 4 for more info.

4. Select any drawing tool you'd like to use from the T ools palette.

Unlike when you create a word balloon template on a ruler layer, you aren't limited to just using the Line or Shape tools. You can design the word balloon however you like.

5. Using any tool you wish, draw your word balloon however you want.

Here's where you get to be creative. So long as it's some kind of container for your text, you can draw the balloon however you like. If you're looking to fill the balloon in with a background color, however, you need to make sure that there are no gaps in the outline.

6. (Optional) Fill in the balloon with background color using the Fill tool.

7. Select the Rectangular Marquee tool from the Tools palette and drag to create a selection over the word balloon.

8. From the main menu, choose Edit^ Save Pattern as Word Balloon. The Save Pattern as Word Balloon dialog box appears.

9. Enter a name for your new word balloon in the Name text box,

10. Adjust the text box to fit within the word balloon.

The text box is the thin blue rectangle with the X inside it running along the border of the preview pane. (Refer to Figure 12-14.) Use you mouse or stylus to click and drag the endpoints inside the word balloon.

11. Click OK when you're done.

Your custom raster-based balloon is now ready to use.

Using your custom Word balloons

When you create a custom word balloon, it's automatically added to the template list on the Word Balloon tab of the Layer Properties palette. To use a custom balloon template, simply select the template from the Select Word Balloon drop-down list (shown in Figure 12-16) and then adjust it to fit the text.

Figure 12-16:

Your new word balloons are already added to the template list!

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