Do you have an ‘artsy’ side to you? Would you like to take your casual hobby of hand-drawn sketches to the next level? Then, this fun idea is for YOU! Just think, you could create your own custom images for digital scrapbooking, Clipart, logos, or even to use as a profile image on social networking! Don’t worry… you don’t need to be a computer genius for this project. It’s very simple with amazing results! Are you ready? Then, let’s get started!
~ An original sketch (can be in pencil, ink, etc.)
~ A computer (with Microsoft Paint program installed)
~ A copy machine w/ scanner OR a Smartphone
STEP 1 – You will need to get your sketch transferred into your computer somehow; and this can be acheived by using either a copy machine with a scanner (to scan your sketch in) OR by taking a picture of your sketch with a Smartphone and then uploading it to your computer. Don’t worry about the image quality so much at this point – just get the image in and you will perfect it later.
STEP 2 – After your image is in the computer, open the Microsoft Paint program on your computer. I currently have version 6.3 – but the older versions should work just fine, too. Alternately, you may use another program similar to Microsoft Paint, if you do not have this program. However, in Microsoft Paint, click (upper left side) ‘File’ and then ‘Open’. Select your uploaded sketch image at this time. It will then put your sketch on the blank canvas. It might be zoomed in too close, so simply click (upper left side) the ‘View’ tab and them ‘Zoom Out’.
STEP 3 – Using the tools and colors available, begin by outlining your image. I found that it’s best to use the ‘Shapes’ tools rather than trying to freehand it. Colorize it with the colors you choose. Work with it until you are satisfied with the end result. Upon completion, save it to your computer for use.
~ This tutorial gives a very basic way to digitize your sketches/images, and they can always be further enhanced with other programs. Some programs with many filters/features which I would recommend are Inkscape, Adobe Photoshop or Paint.net (please note applicable charges). However, if you’re looking for a more user-friendly way to further enhance your sketches (after you’ve used Microsoft Paint on them), I would recommend Picmonkey.com and/or Ipiccy.com. These last two resources are both FREE online programs.
~ Your original sketch can even be on notebook paper with lines – since you’ll be ‘painting’ over the lines anyway, once it’s in Microsoft Paint.
~ A very useful tool to use when in Microsoft Paint is the ‘Undo’ button. Trust me – I had to use this button several times! However, instead of manually clicking it – use the shortcut ‘Ctrl’ and the letter ‘z’. Hold down these 2 buttons on your keyboard at the same time to undo a mistake faster and easier.
~ The above-mentioned tutorial works best on cartoon-type images that don’t require shading or intricate details.
I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS PROJECT.
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