- Top Balloon
- Bottom Balloon
2. Click on the “Bottom Balloon” layer and create a balloon around the text using the (E) ellipse tool.
Set the stroke in Fill and Stroke (Ctrl+Shift+F) to twice what you want the eventual thickness to be.
3. Copy the balloon (Ctrl+C). Click the Top Balloon layer in the Layers dialogue and Paste in place using Ctrl+Alt+V to create a duplicate in the same location, two layers above the original. Set the stroke on this balloon to “none” or zero (0).
4. Click on the “Tail” layer and draw a tail with using (P) or (B) with your regular stroke thickness.
Since the Tail layer is between the two balloon layers, it appears joined to the balloons, yet the objects remain separate, making changes and edits insanely fast and easy!
NOTE: The Tail will need a "fill" of the same colour as inside the balloon.
5. To create an overlapping balloon, simply Select the text and both balloons with the Selector tool (S), use Ctrl-D to duplicate the selection, and Drag to place the items. Adjust the text, then resize both balloons simultaneously and place so that balloons overlap. They will appear joined while remaining separate objects.
Credits and Acknowledgements
Original tutorial was modified from The Layer Method by John Roshell based on the method developed by letterer Albert Duchesne (1962-2017) of ComiCraft for Adobe Illustrator.
Changes were made to the method to match Inkscape conventions along with Inkscape illustrations provided.
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