I’m not going to be long-winded here. I’ve seen vids of folks making libraries of word balloons in Illustrator. I don’t do it that way. I build the balloons for each specific panel. I’m a weirdo like that.  Here’s a YouTube vid of me doing that.  Click on the expand icon to see it fullscreen.  Maybe I should add voiceover. I could. Maybe later. The thing to take note of

  1. Make an ellipse.
  2. Make a polygon with 3 sides.
  3. Position the pointer after you resize it to your liking.
  4. Using Shift-Click, choose both the ellipse and the triangular element, the pointer, and using Transform, join them. Lock that layer.
  5. Create a layer for text.
  6. Choose the font and font size you want. I use 34 pts and center the text in the word balloon.
  7. Adjust it to fit, both the text and the size of the balloon.
  8. There ya go.


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