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3.7 Text and Speech Bubbles

Hi, welcome back. In this lesson I'm gonna show you how to work with text and how to create speech balloons. Select the text tool by pressing T on your keyboard or by clicking on the icon in your toolbar here. Once that's selected, you'll see a few different options in our tool properties. So firstly we can change our font. We can change the size we're writing. We can also change the styles, so we got bold, italic, underline or strikethrough. We can justify our text to the left, we can center it and we can justify it to the right. At the moment, the text color would be our foreground color. We could also change that to our background color. Or any user color we want. At the moment our text direction reads from left to write, so you'll see if I write on the canvas, it goes from left to right. But we could also have that go from top to bottom, if you are creating manga like this. Once we have our writing, we can create a speech balloon. So another subtool we have here is the ellipse balloon, and once that's selected you'll see again we've got the different choices of color, so foreground, background, or user color for our line color, the outline, and the same goes for our fill color. We have different figures, so we could choose rectangular,ellipse or polygon. We can change the outline size, so right now it's set to five and anti A listing. So when you drag that, that will then create a speech bubble that you can then add text to. You can also draw one with a curve. Like that, or you can draw one free hand. Once you have your balloon, you might want to add a tail to it. So you can keep using the balloon pen and add a tail to an existing ellipse, like this. Or we have some balloon tails to choose from. So, we click on the balloon tail subtool. At the moment it says how to bend straight lines. So, when you act that it creates a straight line. You can also choose a polyline or spline to create bendy lines. Lastly, we have a thought balloon tail. So this would be for speech. You can also create ones for thought. So if we change the width of that we can actually see, that's creating thought bubbles, like that. In the next lesson, I'm gonna show you how to work with layers.

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