Do you have tons of hand-drawn sketches lying around that you wish you could digitize but don't know how? This instructable will get you started.

In this instructable, you will learn:
-how to scan with Adobe Photoshop (both Mac and PC users)
-appropriate tracing options in Adobe Illustrator (Pen Tool and Live Trace)
-tips to using a Wacom Tablet
-benefits & options for using the digitized versions

This tutorial is for:
-beginner to intermediate users of Photoshop and/or Illustrator
-anyone looking for a more formal understanding of creating vectors in Illustrator
-illustrators, designers, and other intermediate-level artisans

Step 1: Materials and Resources

Before you get started you will need a hand-drawn illustration that will fit on your scanner bed.

Here are a couple cool places to check out hand-drawn illustrations:


Beyond your illustration, you need:

-Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator (CS4)
-Wacom Tablet (optional)

<p>Great and very detailed tutorial, but if if you don't have time to redraw sketches, send photo of your image to online vectorization service - <a href="http://www.vectorizeimages.com/" rel="nofollow">http://www.vectorizeimages.com/</a></p>
Actually, inkscape will even convert your image to a vector graphics, so you can enlarge and shrink without a loss of quality! Try shift+alt+b<br />
As wonderful as Inkscape's vector tracing is (and trust me, I adore it), some projects need sharp detail that can't be achieved with the tracer. The amount of vertices required usually takes a sharp toll on my computer, and is worsened by more precise traces. I like to keep it clean and just use bezier paths and freehand stuff.
Thank you, this is exceedingly useful. Personally, I use my Bamboo and a Canon scanner, as they seem pretty efficient. Oh, and for those who are relatively uncomfortable with that (or do not have a scanner), you could always trace a drawing on paper positioned (maybe taped) onto your tablet.
definitely a high budget method seeing as many would not have photo shop and even a scanner<br />
Not necessarily high budget re a scanner, which is almost an indispensable item to accompany one's computer for practicality. &nbsp;The cost of a new scanner has come down greatly and are cross-platform, too, many of them now. &nbsp;Older but quite usable models are available for very little on eBay.
Cool, I clearly need a Wacom tablet.. <br /> <br /> I wrote up a similar, but free, process in my instructable here:&nbsp;<br /> <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Have-Fun-and-Make-Money-Easily-Using-Zazzle/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Have-Fun-and-Make-Money-Easily-Using-Zazzle/</a>
A remarkably detailed instructable, not an easy task.&nbsp; Thank you.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /> <br /> It seems to show your skill understanding the tools used, the scanner, the software and your artistic abilities too.<br /> <br /> To reply to siedpe13 comment about being a &ldquo;high budget method&rdquo; I would offer some options to include free programs that come very close to getting this job done as you have so skillfully described.<br /> <br /> The scanner can be replaced with a cheap digital camera&nbsp; to get an image into a computer.<br /> <br /> There are many free paint programs to be found doing a search with ( Bing, Ask, Google Yahoo).<br /> <br /> IrfanView is a freeware very fast, small,&nbsp; graphic viewer for Windows&nbsp; and the latest version has added a basic Paint option&nbsp; to draw lines, circles, arrows, straighten image and do fills etc.&nbsp; It can add text to an image, do edge detection, make an image into a negative,&nbsp; reduce an image to just 2 colors etc. etc.<br /> <br /> Inkscape is a freeware&nbsp; Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X.&nbsp;&nbsp; I use Xara Xtreme 5 ( the latest version)&nbsp; as my main creation and editing program.<br /> <br /> I hardly ever use my scanner now but frequently use my camera, Corel&rsquo;s PhotoPaint, IrfanView&nbsp; and Xara Xtreme. The possibilities seem endless, explore and experiment. <br />

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