Dear Amy: I want to learn to make computer graphics. How do I get started? — Emma, Arvada, Colo.
Dear Emma: There are many different ways to create digital graphics. One option is to draw using image editing software. Many people find this challenging to do with a computer mouse, so I would recommend using a graphics tablet if you have one. An easier way to create hand-drawn graphics is to sketch your image on white office paper. If you want crisp outlines on the image, trace over the lines with a pen or a fine-tip marker. Use a scanner to import the image into your computer. Then use image editing software to crop, resize, remove stray pencil marks or add color. For tips on scanning line art, visit desktoppub.about.com/od/scanning/ss/scan_line_art.htm.
You can also scan photographs or take pictures with a digital camera for your artwork. Many image editors include filters or special effects you can use to enhance your photos. If you don’t already have image editing software on your computer, there are many free options. Try Sumo Paint, sumopaint.com, or Picasa, picasa.google.com. Play around and experiment — you’ll be creating cool art before you know it!
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