Hello guys, it's a nice design community.. I am new to illustrator.. I was struggled to trace my art.. The art has already been inked with Art Line felt tip pens..

1.my question is, is it okay to use live trace on it? I think the line is not strong enough.. but I am bad on using pen tool especially on curves(getting better on this) and line width/weight(sucked on controlling this shit)

-Is there any guide/solution on how to overcome my problem? Any relevant tutorials/tips will be appreciated..

2.I use mouse, planning to buy a good tablet for a starter/newbie like me..

-Can anyone give a suggestion? looking for cheap and good to train with..

3.Graphic tablet vs mouse?

p/s: sorry for bad English
  • babix

    1. not sure how to respond without seeing your work, but if its inked you can just scan in high res and adjust the level on photoshop. no need to trace, and live trace usually sucks

    2. entry level wacom or huion for cheaper alternative. wacom last forever

    3. depends on your preference and style

    welcome!
  • chriskillerartworx

    0. hello!
    1. i use live trace pretty often and it helps me out quite a good time. to get stronger lines - just draw bolder lines before live tracing.
    2. a tablet helps a lot illustrating. i use an intuos and a bamboo fun. both rule.
    3. if you color by hand its useful having a tablet. if you're the kinda illustrator-path-clicker then i guess you're good without.
  • GNARZILLA

    Scan image in the highest resolution possible. Boost levels in photoshop and select your linework. Once selected create a path and export paths to illustrator. Now your lines are vectored and still retain all detail. Hope this helps.
  • angelskullker

    babix said:1. not sure how to respond without seeing your work, but if its inked you can just scan in high res and adjust the level on photoshop. no need to trace, and live trace usually sucks

    2. entry level wacom or huion for cheaper alternative. wacom last forever

    3. depends on your preference and style

    welcome!

    chriskillerartworx said:0. hello!
    1. i use live trace pretty often and it helps me out quite a good time. to get stronger lines - just draw bolder lines before live tracing.
    2. a tablet helps a lot illustrating. i use an intuos and a bamboo fun. both rule.
    3. if you color by hand its useful having a tablet. if you're the kinda illustrator-path-clicker then i guess you're good without.

    thanks for your feedback!
    GNARZILLA said:Scan image in the highest resolution possible. Boost levels in photoshop and select your linework. Once selected create a path and export paths to illustrator. Now your lines are vectored and still retain all detail. Hope this helps.

    thanks mate! I really need those details.. lol
    edit: can you tell how to do that? I am lost lol
  • angelskullker

    can anyone reply me as soon as possible? sorry for the double post, i need to complete it the design by today :/
  • chriskillerartworx

    angelskullker said:can anyone reply me as soon as possible? sorry for the double post, i need to complete it the design by today :/

    it would help, if we could see the design you're having these issues with..
  • miles to go

    In PSD you can Apple/Command click the layer you want, under File > Export > Paths to Illustrator.
  • angelskullker

    chriskillerartworx said:
    angelskullker said:can anyone reply me as soon as possible? sorry for the double post, i need to complete it the design by today :/

    it would help, if we could see the design you're having these issues with..

    i can show you the design but i can't see any attach picture/file button here lol.. can we chat on whatsapp or wechat or any other social media? i really need a help lol

    edit: just followed you and send a message on instagram.. please check it out man

    miles to go said:In PSD you can Apple/Command click the layer you want, under File > Export > Paths to Illustrator.

    thanks, i exported the path but there are some problems :/ idk how to explain it..
  • babix

    use photobucket to upload your image, post the link here
  • angelskullker



    there you go.. i haven't done inked it yet.. it can be completed under 30 min i guess.. but i need to know on how to computerized the design so it can be printed on shirt :/

    edit: this is my 1st attempt ever.. don't be harsh on me.. some of the lines are fucked up cause i draw the line more than once to make it thicker lol
  • babix

    how big is this?in psd scan in high res, i usually go at 1200dpi in grayscale for a4 piece. but i think 600dpi is fine. put it on new canvas 17x24 inch 300dpi. adjust scale and level until only ink are visible (black), get rid of the white using select-color range & delete.
    should be enough for t-shirt printer, but you can go on to illustrator by exporting path if you want to vectorize it
  • angelskullker

    babix said:how big is this?in psd scan in high res, i usually go at 1200dpi in grayscale for a4 piece. but i think 600dpi is fine. put it on new canvas 17x24 inch 300dpi. adjust scale and level until only ink are visible (black), get rid of the white using select-color range & delete.
    should be enough for t-shirt printer, but you can go on to illustrator by exporting path if you want to vectorize it

    The design is A4.. I drew it on A3 size butter paper.. What are the purposes of vector? Sorry I'm still new in this industry >.>
  • babix

    you can try google bitmap vs vector its really basic
  • chriskillerartworx

    angelskullker said:
    babix said:how big is this?in psd scan in high res, i usually go at 1200dpi in grayscale for a4 piece. but i think 600dpi is fine. put it on new canvas 17x24 inch 300dpi. adjust scale and level until only ink are visible (black), get rid of the white using select-color range & delete.
    should be enough for t-shirt printer, but you can go on to illustrator by exporting path if you want to vectorize it

    The design is A4.. I drew it on A3 size butter paper.. What are the purposes of vector? Sorry I'm still new in this industry >.>

    well man - as i already wrote you a step by step instruction how to go from start to finish, here you can find the informations you are looking for: http://bit.ly/1Mawmg6 ;)

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