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Old 10-13-2006, 08:59 AM   #4
Clem Robins
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A faster way to make thought balloons

Try first running your balloon through the "roughen" filter, leaving its size setting at zero. This will produce a series of nodes around the outline of your eliptical balloon.

Then run the balloon through the "pucker and bloat" filter.

You can automate this procedure, but you'll need to watch over it for different size thought balloons; the same settings will not work for a big thought balloon as they will for a small one.

Using a series of small circles, united, will make a less mechanically perfect thought balloon, which is nice, but it takes quite a bit longer.

I do almost anything to defeat the sterile perfection of computer lettering, but I have never found using filters to make thought balloons terribly offensive. I'm sure glad that thought balloons are seldom used anymore, at least for the books I've got.
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