Lettering your work is as easy as typing in a word processor. All you have to do to get started is to hit the Text icon in the Tools palette indicated with the letter “A”. Then click on the area you want to place your dialogue. This will pop up a window which has multiple options from font type, font size, alignment and so on.
Type your text in the box at the bottom which will appear in the page automatically. If you want to change the font type or size, you may have to highlight the text first and then set the size and font type before it’ll make the change.
Line spacing will fix the distance between lines. Double spacing, for example, is a very common line spacing.
Letter spacing, on the other hand, determines the space between each letter so words will either have letters close together or far apart.
Tip: Almost all dialogue’s in comics are capitalized. Also, the first letter of a sentence is generally bigger in size than the remaining letters. Keep that in mind when lettering your manga.
<< Text options. Double click on the text layer to bring it up again.
I’d like to take this time to remind you to keep your text and all important images within the main blue box at the center. This is what’s called the Safety Zone. Anything beyond that may get cropped off when you’re printing and publishing your work.
The space beyond the Safety Zone is called the Trim and beyond the Trim is called Bleed. Anything beyond the Trim will be lost. Drawing are drawn to the Bleed area to create a consistent look when in published format. If artists don’t draw their images to the Bleed area, you will get panels where the images just stops and overall, that looks unprofessional and incomplete.
These are important to know if you ever want to publish your own comics. For more information about this, check out Tokyopop’s Mechanical Guidelines for their Rising Stars of Manga Contest.