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How I Makes Graphics:

I have been hand drawing and creating graphics for many years. Each graphic you see on Kids' Turn was done using this process with some variations along the way.

You don't have to be a master artist, cartoonist or have a unique talent for drawing. Simple drawn or sketched pictures can turn into great images online using imaging software and graphics programs.

My Steps:

1. Draw a picture on a piece of white paper using pencil. Don't worry about wiggly lines or overlapping lines. These will later be erased. Don't push to hard on the pencil. Try to work lightly. Drawing is a personal choice. Keep it simple at first to experiment.

Step 1 - Draw your Picture
2. You now need to outline your work with ink for it to be scanned. I use a Sharpie fine point fast dry black permanent marker. Choose a marker that does not smudge and drys quickly. Carefully go over the lines of your drawing you wish to outline, making sure there are no gaps or openings in the lines. Be careful not to smudge or cause blobs of ink. This can however be cleaned up with your graphics software program. Step 2 - Ink your Outline
3. After you make sure your ink is completely dry, erase all of the pencil marks on your drawing. Use a good, white artists eraser to do this. Erase lightly and gently so you do not smudge or tear your work. Once you have erased check for openings you may have missed when inking and fix them. You may want to add more detail with marker at this point if you wish. Remember though, you can't erase marker now, but can with your graphics program if you make a mistake.

After your have completed erasing scan your image into your computer. If you are going to color your image scan using color mode. If you only wish to use your image as a printable coloring page, or keep black and white, scan using black and white mode.

Step 3 - Erase all pencils marks and scan in Image
4. Now comes the fun part! Once you have your image scanned into your computer open your graphics program. Once your program is running open the image you have scanned and saved. You can now work on your graphic, adding color, texture, fonts, changing the size or whatever your imagination decides.

When finished, save your image and it's ready to post on your web page or use on your forum posts!

Step 4 Color your image with a Graphics program

Steps to Easy Graphic Making:

Special thanks to Sue Chastain About Graphics Software Guide, HTML Guide Jennifer Kyrnin, and Clipart Mountain for their excellent resources used in this series.

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