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Old 23 November 2006, 07:53   #1
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Hi long shot but can any one recommend software for drawing ??
I need to make some graphics/ pictures for a long term project need to be able to draw ribs and sea states and stuff.
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Old 23 November 2006, 08:07   #2
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Adobe illustrator seems to be very popular.

http://www.gimp.org/

Gimp is great for playing around with photos etc - don't know what it's like for drawing though - best thing is it's free!!!
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you could always use the filters in Photoshop, then convert some imported pics of ribs, seascapes etc into drawings. Illustrator is good for vector drawings (from scratch) but needs a lots of practice and learning and you will need a full version. Photoshop can come in an Elements version which (i think) gives you the filters etc. Gimp could be a similar thing, not used it though.
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Sounds complicated but will have a look if not waterproof camera housing and me in the water will have to wait till April though
Thanks for that.
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Only a good artist could do what you want - if you can't draw you have no chance. Maybe you could ask someone at a local college and then scan them in?

Another possibility is to use 3d rendering software like Imagine or 3d studio max. My brother can't draw but he has done some amazing things with them - you construct things out of wireframes etc - my brother likened it to scratch building models out of plastic card.
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The crazy fool and only in his Speedo's I shall be wearing a dry suit
This year temp was 7 degrees lets hope next April is a little warmer.
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tim,

Inkscape is an OpenSource (i.e. free) package which will let you draw free hand etc, it is all stored as "vector graphics" rather than raster - so you can modify lines easily.

I recently had occasion to produce some drawings for product instructions. We has photos but the important points weren't very clear, and other bits of the photo were not how I wanted them. So I printed the photos. Traced the outlines in pencil then black ink - focussing on the detail I was interested in. Scanned them to a black and white tiff.

The tiffs were then imported into Inkscape and using the built in feature / filter / wizard thingy converted to line drawings. I tidied them up in inkscape and added some "flat" colours to help clarify things.

That all sounds complicated but it was pretty straight forward. I'm not artist - but think it looks pretty good if I do say so myself.

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What is a tiff
Where can I get this soft ware and how hard to operate .
Plan A is Slim Tim in his Budgie smugglers and waterproof camera
Plan B is computer pictures
Plan C a mixture of both
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CorelDraw Graphics Suite contains vector drawing, picture editing, raster tracing and animation packages and more.
Its not cheap, and it will take a while to master it.

Could be better to employ Tim or someone else.
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What is a tiff
Isn't it your nickname?
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