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How To Digitize A Sketch In Adobe Illustrator

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You can easily turn your hand drawn sketches into digital art using adobe illustrator. Learning the ability to digitize your sketches will open a wonderful door of opportunities, especially if you still haven’t completely become adapted to using a graphics tablet.

Though a lengthier process, you can still do majority of your art by hand, using traditional paper and whatever art medium you choose. Depending on what you’re trying to accomplish, it might be more time consuming (for instance… if you’re trying to make an animation… you might just want to try and learn how to draw it with a tablet). But for nothing more than just to digitize an image in adobe illustrator, well this tutorial is JUST for you!

1)  Create a Sketch


2)  Ink In Drawing and Take a Clear Photo

Make sure that there is no evidence of ANY shadows in your picture.


3)  Upload Onto Computer and Load Into Adobe Illustrator

When you open Adobe Illustrator, create a new file (I use the standard size). Then, go to File >> Place. Find your photo and open it into the file.


4)  Scale/Resize Image

Make sure the image is selected to resize it. To scale it down evenly on all sides, hit the “CTRL” key on your keyboard, then click one of the corner squares and drag down to size. Repeat until you are comfortable with your image.



5)  Crop Out Any Unnecessary Details

In the Properties menu, hit “Crop” and drag in each side as close to the image as you can. Or at least enough to cut out any unnecessary noise in the picture. When that’s finished, hit “Apply”.




6)  Use Image Trace to Digitize Image

Go to Object >> Image Trace >> Make and let Adobe Illustrator begin to trace your image.




7)  Expand the Image

In the properties menu underneath the Image Trace section, click the “Expand” button. OR go to Object >> Image Trace >> Expand and now Adobe Illustrator will create it into a vector image. This will allow you to make your drawing transparent, and thus more flexible to work with.



8)  Ungroup Image

Drag the image off of the white background a bit so that you can see where the white parts of the image are. Go to Object >> Ungroup. This will make all the individual points editable on their own.



9)  Deselect and Select Background and Delete

Deselect your image by clicking outside of the image or going to Select >> Deselect All. Began to click and delete on all the white areas to make your image transparent.




10)  Select Entire Image and Group

When that is finished, select your entire image, and then go to Image >> Group. Now you can move your entire image around and it’s ready for further designing.







It’s that simple! Hopefully that was easy for you to follow along. Now off you go to create wonderful digital art for all the world to see!

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