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Talk bubbles in Adobe Photoshop CS6

How I Did It

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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?

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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.

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I'm Zoey the Cool Cat, and I approve this post

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Proud to be Different

Just call me Russel Ray Rembrandt

How I Did It

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Many decades ago I thought it would be fun to be a painter. You know, maybe grow up to be a da Vinci, or van Gogh, or Degas, or Rembrandt……..do I need to name more? lol

Today while I was playing around with Corel Draw X6, I got some unexpected consequences of my actions:

Zoey the Cool Cat

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That’s a “painting” of you know who, the little princess Zoey the Cool Cat. It wasn’t supposed to be. It was supposed to be a line drawing. I guess you could say I messed up…. I failed…. I’m a disaster….

I liked my disaster so much that I tried it on a few other pictures.

Protea from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park:

Protea

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My wise old grandmother:

My wise old grandmother

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Lady in purple:

Lady in Purple

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Where I got married on October 30, 2008:

San Diego County Building

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And lastly:

Proud to be Different

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If you have CorelDraw X6, simply import a picture file, click on the picture, click on “Trace Bitmap,” click on “Outline Trace,” and click on one of the five settings. That will bring up a window with some sliders and you can play around with the effects. I found that of the five settings, “High Quality Image” or “Clipart” gave me the best paintings but it seemed to depend on the complexity of the picture.

Even Zoey the Cool Cat got in on the action:

I'm Zoey the Cool Cat, and I approve this post

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