A new generation of tracing has arrived. No longer do we need bright lights, thick lines and translucent paper. Now all you have to do is:
- Find the picture you want to trace.
- Open it in an image editor or drawing program that uses layers (like GIMP or what I use to draw, MyPaint).
- Create a new layer and make sure it is on top of the picture.
- Pull out your digital pen and trace away!
- When done, delete the layer that contains the original photo.
- Click 'Save As' (so you don't over-write the original photo if it's saved on your computer) and save your tracing under a new name.
- You've now created your own line drawing!
I added a flowing cape and removed the background from the original in an attempt to make myself more heroic. I placed a line wherever there was a major colour or shade change.
I could now print this out, photocopy it and have the best colouring page of all time. Why spend hours scouring the google-net for suitable clip art? We can make our own!
DISCLAIMER: Make sure to use creative commons or public domain images to stay within the law.
I used my own picture for this tracing example, so I don't need to credit myself.