How to Create a Speech Bubble in Photoshop CS5

While there are a lot of very talented artists that can draw and create almost anything in Photoshop, some of us just don’t have that gift to be able to freely draw on a computer screen. This can extend to even very basic shapes, like a speech bubble. Every time that I have tried to manually draw a speech bubble, it either looks like a balloon or some weird cloud. Fortunately there is a custom shape tool in Photoshop CS5 that can help to solve this specific problem. So continue reading our brief tutorial below to learn how to create a speech bubble in Photoshop CS5.


Photoshop CS5 Speech Bubbles


I am going to be writing this tutorial with the assumption that you want to create a white speech bubble with black text. If not, then you can simply choose a different foreground color for your speech bubble and a different text color for the words that you are putting inside of the speech bubble before you create each respective element.


Step 1: Open the image to which you want to add a speech bubble.

Step 2: Right-click the Shape tool in the toolbox at the left side of the window, then click the Custom Shape Tool option.

photoshop custom shape tool


Step 3: Click the drop-down menu to the right of Shape in the toolbar at the top of the window, then click the Speech Bubble option.

how to create a speech bubble in photoshop cs5


Step 4: Click the Foreground Color box in the toolbox at the left side of the window, click the top-left corner of the color picker to choose the color white, then click the OK button.

choose the speech bubble color


Step 5: Click near the location in your image where you want to insert the speech bubble, then drag your mouse to expand the size. You don’t need to worry too much about being exact with your location, as Photoshop automatically creates the shape on its’ own layer, which allows you to freely move it.

create the speech bubble


Step 6: Click the Move Tool icon at the top of the toolbox, the click your speech bubble and drag it to the desired location.

select the move tool


Step 7:  Click the Type Tool in the toolbox.

select the type tool


Step 8: Choose your font settings using the options in the toolbar at the top of the window.

choose font settings


Step 9: Click inside the speech bubble, then type the text that you want to add. Depending upon the shape and size of your speech bubble, you may need to add some line breaks and spaces to properly position your text. You can move to a new line by pressing Enter on your keyboard, and you can add spaces by pressing the spacebar.

enter text into speech bubble


Be sure to save your image once you have finished customizing your speech bubble.


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