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    Tracing using the guide snapping.

    (I know I posted a question recently - but I felt justified in creating a new thread, as this topic is different to the previous one)

    I have come to realise that I can get great clean line art results by drawing them as vectors, but I would like to be able to control the stroke in the same way that you can when using a tablet.

    While it is possible to manually draw the stroke width - it is also time consuming, and often frustrating to match up.

    My question is; Is it possible to some how snap your brush to a vector path? This way you could control the line with the bezier points and get a really nice quality stroke by tracing around it with a tablet (instead of the standard automatic tapering effect you can get with photoshop's paths)?

    If not - would it be possible to get the same effect with some sort of custom guide option etc...?

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    hi

    Didnt read first post, but why dont you use adobe illustrator for vector drawings?

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    It's alright - The other post wasn't really related to this.

    I do often use Illustrator when I'm doing line art, but I feel that if there was some way of snap-tracing with the pen tool in photoshop - it would offer a nicer control over my lines.

    For example: If you have one of the blue guides active in Photoshop, and 'Snap To Guides' is active, you can draw a fairly nice, steady line along it using a pen tablet but you can still control the stroke using the pen pressure.

    What I want to know is whether this can be achieved with a path - so you would - in effect - have a curved guide to draw with.

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    *edit* When I originally posted this I most likely misinterpreted what you wanted because of the word "vector". After re-reading your question, I can't think of any easy solution aside from becoming more comfortable drawing on your tablet.
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    Snap to guide is unnecessary. What you want is the pen path tool (middle option) on the far left side.
    Note: Set your brush width/opacity first to avoid constantly switching tools.

    - Create a path with the pen tool.
    - Under the path tab, right click the current path
    - Choose stroke
    - Choose brush tool and then hit okay. (Make sure stroke is off if you don't want any tapering)
    - Delete path, and repeat.

    If you want to be able to vary the thickness within the line itself...most of the solutions I can think of would be really tedious. If you want more of a wedge tip marker look, play with some of the calligraphy brushes. Have any examples of the look you want?

    Last edited by Aphotic Phoenix; February 25th, 2009 at 04:21 PM.
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