Can you scan your paper sketch and then upload it to Illustrator?

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Apr 15, 2022 Apr 15, 2022

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Hello everyone,

   I am an intermeidate drawer and I have begin to realize that I prefer to steketh my work on paper then work on the Illustrator program. In fact this is how my work process goes...

1. Work on paper to create a brief stektch (very light outlines, barebones, no color, etc).
2. Then place the paper next to me as a reference while working in the Illustrator program 
*I was wondering if I could make this process easier by somehow scanning my sketch to the program and then work on it from there. The reason why I ask this is because I am finding that I can't just start on the program from stratch, it really turns me off. 

Any ideas or suggestions? 

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Apr 15, 2022 Apr 15, 2022

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That is actually one of the ways Illustrator has worked from the beginning.

Place a scanned image in an Illustrator document.

In the layers panel menu choose Template. you can change the options for the template layer in the Layer Options.

Create a new layer above the layer and start drawing with the Illustrator tools.

 

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Also, Illustrator has an Image Trace command in the Properties panel that could be used. But unless your sketches are very clean you'll be happier redrawing them from scratch using Illustrator's tools, as Ton suggested.

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