How to Trace an Existing Image with a Wacom Tablet


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Tracing an existing image

For some reason, the term tracing has a negative connotation. Why is this? For some, it is considered a form of cheating, somehow avoiding the time required to learn how to sketch. I consider it to be just another tool available to the artist, like a ruler or French curves. In particular, artwork done under a deadline can benefit from tracing from source material. In the malleable digital realm, tracing can be utilized to quickly communicate an idea. At its best, tracing is merely a framework upon which a more refined visual statement is created.

Now, in this case, I am going to be using Painter, and I am going to be using Layers to do this. So, any application like Photoshop or SketchBook Pro can also do this. This just happens to be in Painter in this case. Now, a technique that I employ here, and I'm going to be using the image that you see on screen as the source image that I'm going to trace from, I've created a special layer that has white in it, and why do I do that? Well,...

Tracing an existing image
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Tracing an existing image provides you with in-depth training on 3D + Animation. Taught by John Derry as part of the Wacom Essential Training

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3D + Animation Design Photography
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