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Jul 21, 2020 Jul 21, 2020

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Hi, I am looking to smooth out lines and turn a drawing with soft pastel strokes into 4 solid colors. Does anyone know how to do that?two elephants.jpg

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Adobe Community Professional , Aug 09, 2020 Aug 09, 2020
The proper software to use depends on what your final output will be used for.  Will this be a digital or print project?  And do you need a raster or vector image?  See screenshot below. Photoshop is for creating pixel-based, resolution dependant raster images like photographs and digital paintings.  The results are softer and more natural looking but raster images become blurry (pixelated) when rescaled. Illustrator is for creating math-based, resolution independent vector graphics like lo...

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Please post the exact name of the Adobe program you use so a Moderator may move this message to that forum

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Aug 08, 2020 Aug 08, 2020

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Hi,

I am not sure. I guess photoshop or illustrator? I am new to forums and to creative cloud. Should I post specifically in those categories?

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The proper software to use depends on what your final output will be used for.  Will this be a digital or print project?  And do you need a raster or vector image?  See screenshot below.

 

Photoshop is for creating pixel-based, resolution dependant raster images like photographs and digital paintings.  The results are softer and more natural looking but raster images become blurry (pixelated) when rescaled.

 

Illustrator is for creating math-based, resolution independent vector graphics like logos, comic characters, drawings, illustrations and infographics.  Results are less natural looking but with no pixels to worry about, your images can be rescaled to any size without any loss in quality.

 

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scalable_Vector_GraphicsSource: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scalable_Vector_Graphics

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Aug 09, 2020 Aug 09, 2020

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Thank you. I am looking to have a cartoonish drawing when I'm finished, so I think Illustrator will work best. I'm new to it, so it'll take lots of learning:)

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Ok.  Illustrator it is. Do some beginner tutorials.  Be patient.  And carve out plenty of time to practice, practice, practice. 

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
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I would use Photoshop.  But there is no magic button for this.  It will take some time & effort.

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
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