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Can Inkskape be used for lettering comics?

28 Jun

I wondered, do I really need Adobe Illustrator, or can I use one of the freeware programs for creating vector graphics? Inspired by the Lettering with Adobe Illustrator, Pt 1 video made by Jerzy Drozd from the Art & Story podcast, I tried to create a word balloon in Inkscape.

Comic sample

Now I haven’t used Inkscape much, so please don’t judge the suitability of this free open source program by what I have made. Like anything else, you need to study before you can apply. Not following my own rule of thumb, I dived in and tried anyway. Needless to say, I have to study Jerzy’s video more closely and read some of the manual of Inkscape before I would starting to use Inkscape for lettering comics.

So, the objects for a word balloon are the following (top to bottom):

  1. text
  2. oval fill without outline
  3. tail with fill and outline
  4. oval fill with double width outline

By putting the oval fill without outline on top of the tail, the tail is open on the side of the oval, so tail and oval visually form one shape. In fact, you should probably group all four objects, so you can easily drag them to another position on the page.

Since this is not a tutorial, but just a test, I will leave it at this. I guess I also answered the question: yes you can use Inkscape for lettering your pages.

That is all.