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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Trace a line drawing with uniform strokes: Deke's Techniques

Kids can be the most innovative artists of all, but their greatest work is lost to history when it ends up tattered on the fridge or at the bottom of a school cubby. You can save their drawings by digitizing them with Adobe Illustrator—the tool professional artists rely on to refine, colorize, and prep their artwork for digital distribution and print publications. The process starts by converting your sketch into a vector-based line drawing. Deke’s Techniques is back this week to show you how.

Deke takes a whimsical sketch that he and his son collaborated on and turns it into a piece of colorful, high-gloss artwork. He traces it with open path outlines—an innovative approach that creates vector-based artwork with uniform strokes. And like all of Deke’s techniques, this tutorial walks you through the process step-by-step so you can replicate the results on your own.

Watch the free video below to learn how to transform your own drawings or your family’s “refrigerator art” into something you can showcase as your computer’s desktop background, send to friends, or post online.

Come back next Tuesday to learn how to draw a turkey ham just in time for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving hams … only on Deke’s Techniques.

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