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TSing is more than just typing, which everyone can do. That's why it takes 5 days to learn according to this tute. I'm also counting in days because I'm assuming you have 19 pages to do. [EDIT] I have discovered a faster and more powerful method to train a typesetter that can replace this tute. Meanwhile, I think this tute is still useful to new-comers so enjoy yourselves, I hope this helps. ^^
The Group Process: Raw > Cleaning > Typesetting > QC
The Typesetter's Process:
Day 1: The reference RAW
Day 2: Grunt work
Day 3: Bread and Butter
Day 4: Tweaking
Day 5: Zen mastery
DAY ONE:THE REFERENCE RAW
The most convenient way I know to refer to the RAW is to have it as the background layer in a .psd file visible by switching on/off the layers. I find it a lot more convenient than having a separate RAW to refer to and well worth its extra filesize. Even if you are solo, use the .psd system.
DAY TWO: GRUNT WORK
Typeset like a wo/man on fire...Wrong! Copy-paste from a .txt file.
DAY THREE: BREAD AND BUTTER
After the grunt work you can embellish your script with a few key, "bread and butter" fonts.
Bread and Butter fonts:
1. Dialogue: Wild words / Anime Ace / Jack Armstrong/ Digital Strip...
2. Shouting: Badaboom / Yikes / Damn Noisy Kids ...
3. Title: Umberto ....etc etc.
Evil: You murderer / smudger let ...
Cute: porky / hzs cc Jim Lee ...
Handwritten: irezumi / indiestar ...
SFX : Atland Sketches ... etc
Symbols: Hearts ( custom shape tool ) and Symbol fonts.
Japanese Manga Font Conventions:
WHITE fonts denote fear
BLACK with white shadows denote fierceness
GREY fonts for thoughts
Italics is sometimes used for the unseen storyteller.
Italics sometimes used for thought bubbles.
DAY FOUR: TWEAKING
Fine tuning the leading/kerning/scales. The "auto" leading tends to be too wide sometimes. When the type is vertical and it is too thin, try Tweak the leading( -100) And scales ( vert: 130. hor:90 ) A lot of emotions can be expressed within the same font: Aggression ( tight leading) Cheerfulness (vert. scaling) Seriousness ( kerning)
An example of the versatility of tweaking:
__"faux" bold__3 voices created by differently scaled Jack
DAY FIVE: ZEN MASTERY
Centering: IMO, a key method to allow English Text to embed itself into the artwork. Balance...or what I call "Silence" is achieved.
Hyphens: Correct use of hyphens to create a good bubble shape (Diamond with lots of cushion) Don't rely on the auto hyphens. Emphasize pronunciation.
[EDIT] I've progressed beyond this technique and the current rule is not to break up any words unless ABSOLUTELY neccessary. The same goes for fontsize. All effort is made to keep them unchanged unless absolutely necessary. Sorry about the confusion but I guess the fact that we evolved is a good thing
Flatten > Save for web, save as png-8 > send to QC
[Try not to use "save for web" more than twice. The image will begin to look hard]
In some groups, the files are passed to the QC in .psd form, and the QC does the final saving.
Originally Posted by Appendix A: Font selection exercise...Warning: Good for self-education, but don't ever use it for group work because it will stumble up your TSers
Last edited by Silver_Sea; December 15, 2007 at 11:44 AM.