How's the view?

Talk bubbles in Adobe Photoshop CS6

How I Did It

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

For the past couple of decades I have been doing my photography editing and graphics work in Corel programs. Currently I’m using DRAW! X6, PaintShop Pro X5, and Photo-Paint X6. Give me a graphics or photo project and I can do it in those three programs.

Since around this time last year, I set out on a mission to learn Adobe Photoshop. In addition to the Corel programs, I had used Photoshop and PageMaker in the ’80s and ’90s because of my work. When my work no longer required them in 1994, I quit using them and quit upgrading them.

I know that the current version of Photoshop, CS6, can do everything that the three Corel programs can do, but the masses say that the learning curve is pretty steep. I’m here to tell you that the learning curve is, indeed, steep. But it sure is fun!

Today I’ve been learning to do callouts and talk bubbles in Photoshop CS6. The process is intuitive, but because things show up on different layers, getting things to come together, especially if you just want to edit text or change a graphic, can be frustrating. Once you learn how things work, though, it becomes much easier.

Here is a picture that I added two talk bubbles to.

How's the view?

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

It took me about an hour (and a couple of margaritas, a plate of nachos, a BLT sandwich, and a beer) to do that. However, once I understood how things worked, it took just a couple of minutes to do it again on a different picture.

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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17 thoughts on “Talk bubbles in Adobe Photoshop CS6

  1. angelswhisper2011

    RR, I have Photoshop elements and I hardly use it anymore, because my laptop crash and I can’t hardly see what I write afterwards. So I gave up, but maybe I have to drink margaritas too before using this program. Btw the birds are awesome 🙂


  2. E A M Harris

    I’m interested to learn that Corel is still around. I tried it years ago and couldn’t get on with it. Like you and some of your commentators I find Photoshop difficult but fairly intuitive.


  3. Bernice

    I purchased Corel Draw many many years ago. It was very difficult to learn and I never really mastered the software. However, learning at the lowest level gave me a better appreciation for other graphic software allowing me to learn it much quicker.


  4. acflory

    My daughter uses Photoshop a lot but I’ve never found it easy, even in its earlier incarnations. I prefer Corel Draw, but then I suppose I’m so used to the way it works with vector I may be biased.



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