Because I keep forgetting how to do this, Inkscape croquis tracing instructions

Inkscape verson 0.48.1. Open the Layers Palette by going to the Layers menu and choosing Layers, or press Ctrl+Shift+L. There should already be a layer called Layer 1. If not, close and reopen Inkscape.2. Open photo you want to convert to line drawing.3. Click the + in the Layers Palette and add a layer "above current" called Drawing.4. Rename Layer 1 "Photo".5. Lock Photo layer so it doesn’t move.6. Set opacity of Photo layer to 50 so it’s easier to see where you’re drawing. Slider is at the bottom of the palette.7. Set stroke width to 2px.8. Click on pen tool and outline entire body.9. Neaten outline. Select "edit path by nodes" or F2 to do that. Useful shortcuts to change node type:Shift+C make cuspShift+S make smoothShift+Y make symmetric – When making smooth or symmetric, you can lock the position of one of the handles by hovering mouse over it.Ctrl+click toggle smooth/cusp/symmetric"Insert" key adds a new node to a selected segment.10. Save your work.11. Outline larger interior shapes with pen tool.12. Save your work.13. Draw detail lines (arm creases, knee dimples, etc.) Remember, a lot of detail can be done with shading later.14. Neaten outlines by zooming in. It’s helpful to turn on "snap to paths" to prevent gaps between outlines, although gaps are actually ok in Inkscape.15. Save your work.16. Turn off Photo layer.17. Add another layer above Photo layer called "Color".18. On color layer, start coloring in your shapes. You can sample colors directly from your photo. Do this by using the paint can which is called "Fill Bounded Areas" or press Shift+F7. The paint can creates filled paths that fill your outlines, so it’s ok if there are small gaps. It will NOT fill outside your screen, so if you are zoomed in, it will create a fill only in the area you can see. Annoying, yes. AND Inkscape fills in areas better when you are zoomed in. You can sample colors directly from your photo, too.If your paint bucket doesn’t seem to be doing anything check to see if … Inkscape is crashing. Yay.When you get Inkscape up and running again, check and make sure the transparency of your color is 100%.Sometimes you need to zoom in to get the paintbucket to recognize the bounded area.and check the bottom of your screen for error messages.Make sure you stay on the color layer!19. Save your work.20. Edit path of colored shapes so those paths touch or overlap the paths of the outline drawing and other colored shapes. Basically, no white background showing through. Use "Page Up" to move darker colors on top of lighter colors. The settings for the paint can can be changed21. Save your work.22. Add a layer above Color called "Lowlights".23. Turn off the Color layer and turn on the Photo layer.24. Draw outlines of shadows with pen tool, then fill with paint bucket with same color it’s going on top of. The double layers of color will be enough of a shadow. Adjust transparency if color needs to be lighter.25. Save your work.26. Add a layer above Drawing called "Details".27. Draw lines for creases (knees, elbows, knuckles, fingers, etc) on Details.28. Convert Detail lines with "Stroke to Path" and make them have pointy ends to mimic brush strokes.29. Save work.30. Export bitmap using the "Drawing area" at 150 dpi. Image can be resized in Photoshop to a max height of 700px.


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