I struggled for a while really when the need to convert drawing to digital format arose. When I started working digitally, i right away started with working directly through illustrator and Learned the Basics of Vector to get started. If you have a blog or shop or website where you would like to sell your digital artworks or maybe just plainly want to transfer your work into digital format to color it digitally , first thing first , you need to get it into a line work that is digitally supported.
For digital Artwork , or maybe coloring pages you need to have a clean and crisp black and white line. Here is a little tutorial for really novice artists who would like to do that.
1-Draw Clean and Bold
Draw with pencil or directly whatever is comfortable for you , keeping in mind that what you are drawing will be scanned and digitally modified and manipulated. More crisp and clean line you have easier it becomes to convert drawing to digital format.
I like to start my drawing with pencil , once I am done with the basic idea , I like to switch directly to a black fine tipped marker to fill in the details. As I don’t like to rework on my details 🙂 . So it is totally up to you how you draw but the lines must be Clean and Bold .
Nothing can be worst than finishing your pre sketch with pencil and when you start drawing you realize that your sharpie or marker is out of ink!.
Make sure that you have a well-filled marker that gives clean edges. Rough edges means MORE touching up after the artwork is digitally altered.
3- Scan high res
I like to scan my artwork on high resolution , you can ALWAYS go down but you cant go up and scale a pixel image . Also i like to keep my scanner settings to colored and NOT BLACK AND WHITE. Black and white scans give a line contrast that is too much to handle and doesnt give a smooth line in a final black and white image.
4-Adjust Curves and Brightness.
Finally in Photoshop you can adjust the Curves and play around with the brightness and contrast to get a clean and crisp image quality.
Last but not the least , you can copy your final clean image Ctrl+A (select all) and place Ctrl+V (Paste) into illustrator and then trace it !
Result is a clean crisp outline that you can scale to any size you like WITHOUT LOOSING its line quality.
Keen on finding a way to save some graphic design time ? and batch process some Pngs into JPGs . I am mostly working in Photoshop and i like to keep my images quality closest possible to the original file . For this i use Photoshop Actions to create short cuts to accomplish a job where a batch processing might be required to handle images. (more…)
Creating backgrounds which are effective is an essential part of the process of creating good designs .Here we will create a background which you can use for multiple projects in the end , ie background for presentations , for websites or simply an ad. This is a simple tutorial showing step by step how to create one using tools such as Pen tool , brushes and a simple Arc Effect.
Start off by creating a simple gradient background Here is the Theme of colours we will follow
It is always a good idea to have it clear in your mind what theme you are going to follow . I use often use colourlovers.com to help me in this process.
Drawing Bleded lines
Using the pen tool draw two white stroke Lines having no fill.
Go to Object> Blend> Blend options
Adjust your blending options to some specified steps , something like this.
Hit Alt+Ctrl+B ie Object>Blend>Make
Create in the same way two more lines using Pen Tool (P) and using Object> Blend > make
Since your lines are all placed up now will be a good idea to play around with the nodes ( click on the End of start of your original line) adjust handle and stroke to get a better effect and curve in the lines. Here is my final result which i am happy with
Elements Build up
Now we need to bring some elements into it . I brought This worldmap from my library and pasted it on the workboard
Right Click > Arrange> Bring to Front
Using a colour coinciding with the theme of your work colour the map accordingly
I will use some effect to modify this map a bit
Go to Effects> ARC
Apply the effects you will get something like this
Creating Arrows using Brushes
create some more random lines using the pen tool
open up your brush pallete Window> Brush Libraries > Arrows Standard
Select all your random lines and pick out an arrow brush and apply
Select each line one by one adjust stroke and width until you are satisfied with the outcome go to object>Expand your lines and drop a gradient shade to it , here i picked up from my colour pallete white and grey.
Refining and Balancing
I am not too happy with the background at this point so i will add up a few more shapes .
fill them up with the same gradient colour lighter than your background’s adjust transparencies until you are satisfied with the final outcome!
This post is targeted towards designers , small business owners or work at home moms . Who are in their initial stages of business . Trying to get their identity established . Or simply put , have a very small budget to begin with.
One of the many ways to save some bucks is to print the identity at home .
Here are some tips on printing your own business cards at home and do it frugally. (more…)