Little sketch for swing tag design - execution would be in gold foil. See attachment for frontal view.
over 2 years ago
Wow, Ema. Lovely sketch!
Really looking forward to see how this will turn out...
Thanks Emir - you're always too kind.
Iit's the first doodle so to speak, to exemplify the concept to the client. We may take the illustration in a very different direction. I am also very curious how this will turn out.
Can I say though, I am so not looking forward to the vectorisation part :))
Yeah, I know what you mean. It's not always that much fun to start reworking complex sketching in AI.
I guess you've already heard, but this thing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fQe0YSLm88 seems to be a savior in that particular area of strife :)
And I was surprised at the low price tag. But I think I'll wait to check a few reviews before I make a purchase anyway.
Huh, that looks awesome! It would so extend my life by a few years.
In the meanwhile I'm investigating a couple of autotrace programs that seem to be doing a better job than Illustrator's in-built function, and they're free too.
But quite frankly I'd pay for the Inkling thingy, provided it can cope with the eraser complication. I don't always sketch in one clean, uninterrupted line :)
Yes! I had the exact same concern :)
It doesn't seem to do that though, based on the presentation on the Wacom website. Mind you, you can always finish the sketch with a regular pencil, then trace it with Inkling on tracing paper. Issue solved.
You are so smart. I didn't even think of that. Hah!
I don't know how smart I am, but I know I'm desperate :) Desperation is the best innovation catalyst I know of.
Thanks Simon! I'm very flattered, coming from you.
Amazing! Pity you want to vectorize. Loving the hand-drawn feel.
Thanks Simon - well, I need to vectorise (although I would keep the hand-drawn imperfections and asymmetries) because it has to go on a humongous number of lingerie swing tags, in gold foil. There is no other way about it, it will require a vector file.
Beautiful work, Ema.
I usually do a trick using Selection and Make Path in Photoshop to transfer a complicated shape (path) into Illustrator. Do you know what I'm talking about?
Yep, I do Inka - however I find that with complex line-work where the contrast is not consistent the selection is imperfect and the resulting path not great. But then again, I'm not a Photoshop guru (I've always preferred Illustrator) so perhaps I' doing something wrong and it might work better with a bit more experimentation. Thanks for reminding me of this option, I'll try it again!
They key is to scan the illustration/drawing REALLY large at 600 dpi in Grayscale. The large size will make the selection more accurate. Tinker with the Levels to get crisper black and white. Then do the Selection thing. Make Path at lower point - try .5 first, if it's too complex then go up to .75, 1, etc. It's a trial and error thing. After you're happy with it then copy the path and transfer as path to AI. Hope that helps.
Gorgeous work Ema! What programs are you looking into? I'm in the same boat as you right now and would love to find a solution asap!
@Inka I've tried this technique once or twice and can't seem to produce a decent result... the curves always end up extremely point around a curved area. Do you know of any tutorials or tips for that?
Jared, I don't know any tutorials on that unfortunately. What I know is from experimenting. Did you try the .5 point for the Make Path value? The bigger the point number, the less accurate the trace is. I always had to clean up the points in AI, there's no way around it unfortunately.
great line work, Ema. sweet indeed.
@Inka: Thank you so much Inka for taking the time to explain the specifics of your technique - I'll try it, see if I can make it work.
@Jared: they're called Delineate and Potrace respectively. Haven't tried them yet, but the Adobe forums guys are saying good things about them. I'll let you know how I go.
wow.. this is really nice.
Thanks Chris - I'm a bit amused to see it inaugurates a bucket called "Odd and Ends). I do hope the overall feel of it is not odd.
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