How to create comic explosions

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    In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make incredible comic explosion bubbles in a vintage style. You’ll learn how to use the Ben-Day dots in Illustrator and how to draw in a comic style using the pen tool.

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    Hello everyone in this video I'm going to show you how to make comic style explosions like the ones you see here Let's start by dividing the panel. Choose the rectangular marquee tool with a transparent filling and a black stroke 20 pixels wide. Now we make the inner divisions with the pen tool draw 6 panels with a black edge and 20 pixels wide so we group the strokes and we copy them we create a new layer and we place it underneath the original one hide the layer we keep this election and in pathfinder we hit divided now we in group and this way we will get the background of our panels let's fill the first panel in red and blue next one orange the fourth will be yellow black and the last one red to add a bit more of authenticity let's add a polka dot pattern to the background create a black circle that it's 10 pixels tall and wide grab it and drag it to the swatches palette do it the one we created copy and paste it on the top of the first panel double-click on the swatch palette and mark 20 pixels on hate and with and we change the title type from grid to break my column on illustrator in the palette mode you can also find basic black dog patterns that will come really in handy to get different results we can vary the colors on the patterns to do this click on the pattern on the swatch palette blog this layer and make visible the one we had hidden create a new layer in between the layers where we will make explosions with a black stroke let's create the effect of smoke going up give the inner stroke a three-point variable with and for the exterior give it fine points when we're done with it fill in with white we are going to make the clouds with a ring shape we give the stroke variable with let's add a bit of depth to our smoke and we group the column to the cloud now for the fourth panel let's make an explosion with straight lines we're going to use a black for . variable with stroke when we are finished we filling it with orange we repeat the same process but this time we will make it smaller and red blog the lair let's now create a new layer on top now draw a cloud with very closed curves to give a more dynamic and aggressive look we filled it with white let's leave this aside by the moment and go to the first panel here we're going to draw a bomb exploding so let's start with the background which will make with pen tool when we have the explosion finish filling it with white we make another one on top with yellow and another one even smaller in red draw some lines to add strength in the second panel we're going to make another six acts explosion fill it with red and give it a five-point stroke once again we draw a smaller one on top this time yellow and finally in a smaller one but this time will change you with 23 points Group everything and let's move to the final panel here we are also going to draw some black lines to emphasize the strength we group this up and we draw a new 6ag explosion inside we're going to give it a five-point with the stroke and a yellow field color group up and now we have all our explosion backgrounds yeah yeah we're going to add little stars to decorate our panels we will use the star tool different colors and a 20-point black stroke yeah now we type the onomatopoeia with a fund like for example card wheel size 87 points we mess up the letters a bit so they look as if they had been affected by our explosions you can even change a bit the size of the letters now we feel our letters with a nice color and apply a black 5 . stroke on the stroke panel we're going to choose a line stroke with exterior yeah and now to finish let's make a bomb that will go to our first panel with the ellipse tool we make a hundred pixel hide and wide let's put a wide for . stroke and blogs filling we copy and paste it on top to get a concentric circle that we will have with no fill color with the direct selection tool we will select the top and right anchor point and delete the remaining quarter circle we have we're going to give it a very able with seven . we make the top part with the pen tool and we draw a trapezoid that we will send back yeah yeah now let's draw the fuse in the flame with a pen tool again yeah so now the only thing left is to place all the element appears on their panel and so now we're done i hope you enjoyed this tutorial and under

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