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    Translator 上級員 / Jyoukuuin / Sr. Member Silver_Sea's Avatar
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    5-day TS Tute by Silver Sea

    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

    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.

    Spoiler: The photoshop file show


    Typeset like a wo/man on fire... Wrong! Copy-paste from a .txt file.
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    I failed for the longest time, because I did not select the text tool in PS. What you should do is copy the script (ctrl c) from notepad/word/internet, enter PS, choose the type tool ( T) and draw a text box. Paste (ctrl v)the text in. The font it will appear in is the last font you used in the Type tool.
    Spoiler: how to install fonts show


    After the grunt work you can embellish your script with a few key, "bread and butter" fonts.
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    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.

    Additional embellishments:
    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.


    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
    Spoiler: Jack "faux bold" is very different from Jack "bold" show

    Spoiler: effects of scaling show


    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

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    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.

    Quote 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
    Page01: Dialogue
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    Page02: Strong dialogue + SFX
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    Page03: Title w/ shadow
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    Page04: Shouts, Screams and Exclamations w/ white fonts
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    Page05:Alien speech
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    Page06:Intense shouting and yelling
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    Page07: Aggressive commands
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    Last edited by Silver_Sea; December 15, 2007 at 11:44 AM.

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