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Typesetting guide for a BD by raluca-z Typesetting guide for a BD by raluca-z
Because the way text looks is important as well
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Killah883 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
I'm just a newcomer looking to get into something like this. Didn't expect so much to go into it, but I guess it makes sense. It's really a very good tutorial, the only reason some of the things seemed alien to me is because I'm 100% new to this.

Don't suppose you have one for newbies, eh? Ah, kidding. A really good tutorial overall, but I just kinda... can't grasp it. I blame it on inexperience.
Sorry if this wasn't the type of comment you were looking for xD
MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really hope that you do one for SFX. Question, can you still do this even with traditional art?
raluca-z Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Doing typesetting/Lettering the traditional way or doing SFX traditionally?
Lettering, I can't do by hand, SFX, yes. All of them are traditionally done. I think I does give you a something special in your art.
MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the clarification.
Nuei Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very useful indeed! I mean, it doesn't look hard to make text look right because it's just goddamn text, but little screw ups here and there makes it really disapointing and amateur looking.

Also, there is something I wanted to ask you:
I've been told that because we non-asians write from left to right and not up to down, speech bubbles should be placed horizontally and not vertically. I understand and could agree, but I feel it just doesn't get the look we are used to in manga, even on scanlations... what is your opinion about this?

Also, I've been told to avoid right to left orientations on panels (manga way of reading) but I guess this part I totally refused because I am too used to it...
raluca-z Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
I have no problem working left-to-right and right-to-left page layouts. I've worked both and once you get used to the direction of reading is very difficult to screw up or to have doubts about what pannel/bubble comes first. It's true that in a pannel bubbles are read in a horizontal order in non-asian comics but, unless you clutter a pannel with too many speech bubbles at a time, it's not that relevant. The reader will figure out what to read first and then second.

For example (since I used to do scanlations too), I definitely hate extremely elongated bubbles that would correspond to a single vertical file of asian characters. That in typesetting terms is murder. I would try to avoid creating such bubbles especially if non-asian. Creating them just for the "looking manga-ish" is stupid, in my opinion.

A page looking what "we are used to" is an entirely subjective matter, depending a lot on what type of manga you're used to reading. Shoujo has a certain way of panneling and making bubbles, shonen yet another...It really depends, so I'd say that when it looks as you intended it to look then it looks good. When you feel there's something off but you don't know exactely what, then probably something is missing and you should look into it.

Avoiding right-to-left page layouts is not going to make you better at left-to-right panneling. Actually, in my personal opinion, the fact that in the beginning I had to keep reminding me how to read, has made me more self-aware of how eyes are drawn to bubbles on the page and how reading flow happens. This is the same in both directions of reading, regardless.

What I would not recommend is changing reading direction half-way on a story or series. That is bad. Otherwise, if you're set on a way to tell your story go with it. Be coeherent.
Nuei Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh, yeah, styles... horror/action manga, I gotta search for those then!

Ok, ok Thank you very much for your wise advice ^^
krule274 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
thanks for this^^
raluca-z Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
you're welcome
aque-mizuhara Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Really helpful. I was wondering about these things, seeing as I'm planning to make my own comic and... that I wanna work as a DTP operator ;p
Lonewolfsinger Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Thanks for all the hard work. I'm learning a few things. kinda helps with my Translations study.
LUISAGUADALUPE Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Gotengohangoku Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
this was pretty helpful. thanks
raluca-z Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
to all the posters below.
Glad to be of help to the community
WarriorRedwaller Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Student General Artist
This is very helpful! Thanks!
Mysterycookie Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
this really comes out handy for me ...

Extrics Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I spent so much time with scanlator groups learning how they did typesetting.
Scotty6000 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
OOH! I hope u do consider making a tutorial or a reference sheet for sfx! =3
NaokoYamashita Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
DrewPix Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Also - don't use the serif I except when talking of the first person singular,
ie, don't use it as you do in showing font samples: "WILD WORDS".
6lin Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
Mie imi ia mult sa fac un tutorial o,o Incredibil cat de repede termini tu lucrurile!

Indeed, very usefull. Thanks! 8D
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