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How to convert a hand drawn doodle into a digital graphic

teacher avatar Peter Edwards, Writer and illustrator of the Little Fears

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6 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Part One - Introduction

    • 2. Part Two - Getting started

    • 3. Part Three - Selecting the shape

    • 4. Part Four - Selecting the colour

    • 5. Part Five - Class project

    • 6. Part Six - Conclusion

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About This Class

Hello, I’m Peter, and I am a prolific doodle. I love doodling. On the list of everything, I do in life, doodling ranks quite highly. There’s something about doodling. It helps me relax, focus, create new characters and honestly, I’m a simple man, I don’t own much stuff, so doodling gives me something to do at home other than watch the telly and play on my smartphone.

Now every so often I doodle up a new monster that I want to use in one of my Little Fears projects. It could be an art print a Threadless t-shirt or a Colour Collective portrait on Twitter. So I take my doodles into the free graphics software program, GIMP, and turn them into high resolutions .pngs that I can mix up into whatever project I happen to have that week.

Do you doodle as well? Have you ever drawn a simple image and thought, man, if that were tidied up a bit, I’d love that as a website banner? But do your eyes glaze over when someone mentions raster vs vector? If that sounds like you, this course may be of help.

You'll need to download GIMP for this class which you can download here:

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1. Part One - Introduction: Hello, I'm Peter, and I'm a prolific duda. I love doing on the list of everything I do in life. Doodling ranks quite highly. There's something about really, it helps me relax, focus, create new characters. And honestly, I'm a simple man. I don't know much, Duff said. Doodling gives me something to do a home other than what's Italian plan most smartphone every so often doodle up a new months that I want to use in one of my little fears projects . It could be an art print or thread lis teacher or a kind of collective portray fits where. So I take my do doors into the free graphics software program. Gibb and I turn him into a high resolution P and G's that are for mix up into whatever project I happened to have going on that week. Do you do to lose? Well, have you ever drawn a simple image and thought man that was tied it up a bit? I'd love that as a website banner or a Twitter avatar, but theorized glaze over when someone mentions Raster versus Vector. If that sounds like you, this class may be of help 2. Part Two - Getting started: my method for creating digital assets from my doodles would leave you with a high resolution dot PNG file with a transparent background. You can use his image to create our prince for Sarah, etc. Or even upload in T shirts for sound on science around thread layers of society. Six. For turning our doodles. Intel assets will need to manipulate our doodling gimp by color and shape is very easier, though, but we're gonna need a couple of things. The first thing you'll need is, of course, give there's a link below in a class introduction. Download a copy for Windows Mac Align it's and installed it onto your PC. The next thing will need is a doodle, preferably with to distance colors, a contrast with the paper cover. I've chosen Brewer Black White Paper. The colors are very different. It makes it easier to separate out when selected. My Conner Vernon later lesson and we, of course, need to get this onto your PC. If you don't have a scanner, don't panic. If it's a simple doodle, a photograph will do, preferably in neutral, right with no shadows over the page. Get your image onto your PC. You can email it yourself or do over USB cable from your phone. Did you install gimp? Good. Open a filing, Gimp. Move onto the next lesson we can begin. 3. Part Three - Selecting the shape: the first thing Arto is cropped the image down around a doodle resize image to the size I want. Get rid of all the chap around the outside, so left click on rectangle Select. Select the area of Ranjhore doodle, even little gap. Iranian aside, that's a top menu image and crop to selection. Now we need to resize the image. Your average print on demand T shirt needs to be 4200 by 4800 pixels, so I never really needed it in larger than 4500 by 4500. We will go over that size because it's always is shrinking image down rather than increase in sides without getting pixel ization. So back up to the Image menu Scan image, and I'll put the image to 5000 by 5000. A lot of the print on demand websites need images uploaded at 300 peopie. I so one I'm skating image. I just said that to 300 peopie I as well two main tools. We need to use a fuzzy select on contact. They both achieve a similar thing just in a different way. So now let's get the outline of the Shapey or do toe isolated Click Fancy Select and down a bomb. Here you'll see the option for threshold Threshold is has some of the area expected his color wise to the rest of the area? If I put threshold down toe one, then click on a page is selected little space of only very similar colors. If I put its fully, it will take up or the way we also want to be able to feather edges. So kick the little jet books there. Federici's will smooth out lines and remove any jacket or pixelated edges. It can distort some of the sharper points that you might want a sharp setting. This to 10 will smooth the pigs civilization and still leave any sharp points intact. Anything higher is entirely your discretion. I'm gonna be setting mine to 25 now. If we select the paper, you'll see we have a nice, smooth out Ryan selected around our dodo. Now we go to straight on inverts direction, so selected area is a doodle and not the paper. It's pulled up onto a new layer, growing kicking the layers box and select new layer select transparent If we fill this selection now, you'll see it goes fuzzy around the outside, towards the edges. So we're gonna need to create a path and get some nice smooth edges up to the top. Right click parts now underneath click selection to Path, then passed the selection. Now the feel tall and fill the selection. And there we go. We've got a nice, smooth, digitized outline of your doodle. 4. Part Four - Selecting the colour: Now we're gonna pull the covers out. We want the bank to the bomb rare so up to its hope, right. Click on layers and then click on the I next to her new layer and it's hides that layer. Now, if Cliff on the bomb lie over the dude long now, this time I'm going to use a colossal rectal. It works in Morris the same way as there are still we used. Except it selects already is in cousin the page No, just one single continuous space. So I want to put the threshold back to 40. I'm gonna fit the wretches again. And if it doesn't selective within first time, you can either adjust the threshold or hold down shift and left click to slit War the corner. Once we have a selection, we're gonna do the same as last time with creating a new layer. So create new layer again. Make sure he's transparent and Paul's selections a path path to selection. We're gonna change your color. We're not going to do this one bright who are after his brew and Phil. And now we hide the bomb rare and unhygienic. First way we did and if the heads are out of order, That's okay. Just hold down the left mouse button and you can drive them up and down. There we go. If you're happy with your new digitized, it'll go to file. Then export. Name it. Whatever your fancy savers adopt PNG file. Make sure you untech the box that says save background color or you may end up with a solid background color. We wanted to be transparent. That way we can use it in whatever projects we want later. Wrong, once it saved is ready to use the way of a projection fancy. 5. Part Five - Class project: the project for this class. It's great. A digital asset from one of your own Do doors post an image of the final digitized dodo in a project gallery for this course. That's no. If you have any plans for is well, is it gonna be on your social media? Is going to be a Twitter avatar a Facebook banner? Or is it gonna be a broke logo? Maybe it's destined to end up in a print on demand T shirt, let us know. 6. Part Six - Conclusion: That's it for a man. His course. Adobe family information useful on Don't forget poster project. Thank you for taking my skill. Shit class.