Downloads + Tips

Here you’ll find various downloads related to the Digital Fightclub. Just right-click and save them to your harddrive. We’ll also through a few tips and tricks from time to time to help with the art. Leave a little comment if you download or like the tips.

During the Digital Fightclub 2009 Tournament over on the ImagineFX forums, a fight broke out in the aisles between Nameless Angel and Smog, over a spilled slushy. Others soon joined the fight. This is the visual record. Leave a little comment if you download.

Download the Fighting in the Aisles PDF, 5.5mb

Here is a library of speech bubbles and tails for use with the custom shapes tool in Photoshop. I find it easier to work with when the bubbles and tails are separate, then the can be positioned and sized separately. Unfortunately we’re limited as to the type of files limited here, so no downloadable libraries I’m afraid. This is a jpeg of the library I use anyway:

speech bubblesI have all these set up as a custom shapes library in Photoshop. Here’s a step by step on how to create them.

– Create a new image, select the pen tool and create the shape you want.
– Next go to Edit>Define Custom shape. A dialogue box will come up with a preview of your shape, name it and hit ok.
– Create all your other custom shapes and build up your library.
– Don’t forget to save the library if you want to keep it.

This next step will help later:

– Now go to Layer>Layer Style>Stroke.. and change the size to 6 (you may want to play around with this setting) Position: Center and Color: Black. Click the New Style button and name it ‘Bubble style’.

Now open your image which you want to letter.

– Hit ‘u’ or select the custom shape tool
1. Make sure your ‘shape layer’ option is on.
2. Pick the custom shape you want to use in the shape menu
3. Select the Bubble style that you created in the last stage, from the style menu
4. Pick white in the colour menu.

Picture 9Drag your cursor, and you’ll have a bubble.

Now for the tail.
1. Change the option for the pen tool to ‘Paths’
2. Select your tail from the Shape menu.
Picture 103. Select the Layers Vector Mask in either the layer window or path window.
Picture 11Drag your tail on, and a separate shape will be drawn onto the Shape Layers Vector Mask.

These two shapes can be edited and moved around with either the Direct Selection Tool (for points) or the Path Selection Tool (for full shapes) Shortcut is ‘a’. Because the two shapes are part of the same layers vector mask. They will also both take on the Layer Style with the black line. Hope that all made sense.



  1. awesome! it looks great! thanks for putting that together for everybody Starfox, you’ve done a great job! it flows quite nicely.

    • Cool, good to know my first official tutorial is a) readable and b) helpful. If anyone else has any tips or tricks, get them posted.

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