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Britt Griswold <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 12 Nov 1997 15:09:48 -0500
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>I have some questions about creating and editing digital 'pen & ink' line
>drawings?  I have always done line art the traditional way, but would like
>to move more into the digital process. I have recently purchased a Wacom
>graphics tablet and am wondering what would be the best software to use.  I
>have Fractal Paint, but that seems a bit over board for simple line drawing,
>and I am getting a bit bogged down in it.  Bascially, I want to be able to
>scan in my line drawings and edit them.  C. Sexton mentioned Freehand
>Trace....and I am wondering if that would be a good bet in combination with
>maybe Corel Draw?  I would appreciate any imput on what works for you.  Am
>looking for a push in the right direction.....Thanks.
>Launi Lucas
>Editorial/Biological Illustrator
>Department of Zoology
>University of British Columbia

In general I have been very disappointed in the pen tracing tools in
Drawing programs when trying to trace a scanned image.  There is way to
much clean up to do if you need exacting results.

I would normally scan my sketch in and us it as a template to redraw in
Illustrator or other vector program.  You might want to try Expressions as
a vector program with a more painterly feel that makes goof use of a Wacom

Britt Griswold
Goddard Space Flight Center/NASA
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