I am new in design, and recently I have been given a task where I have to create images like the ones present on dropbox.com home page.

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I am not sure what is the correct way of creating those images.I suppose they are called doodles.

Can they be created using Photoshop/Illustrator or will I have to use the method where I sketch the image on paper, scan it and then edit in Photoshop? If there is a way of creating the images other than that, then please let me know. Thanks

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    Whatever works for you. There's really no wrong way to create sketch images. I'd guess that the specific device images on dropbox's home page were actually draw in some software though.
    – Scott
    May 9, 2014 at 7:57
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    I'd recommend hand drawing the images first and scanning them in. This will give you greater control over your designs and then you can work them up in either Photoshop or Illustrator.
    – SaturnsEye
    May 9, 2014 at 8:18
  • If you have the patience to get to grips with Inkscape these answers could be of interest. The jitter option is pretty good. graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/27379/…
    – Pebbl
    May 9, 2014 at 8:45

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I draw the sketches that i’d like to convert into digital vector art.

I like to use Pigma Micron pens because they come in various thicknesses, are a rich black colour and they write beautifully but use whatever you prefer.

I also like to use tracing paper to sketch on – it’s cheap and there’s a smooth quality to the paper that’s really nice.

Scan my sketches with a flatbed scanner.

Scan at a high resolution of at least 400 dpi while using the greyscale setting. Open your scanned sketch into Photoshop to convert to digital

Another Method I Prefer

There's better way to draw, paint, or simply doodle than with the use of a Wacom pen tablet. And Bamboo makes it easy, using your favorite software applications and Just pick up the pen and start drawing or painting. Adjust line weight and opacity naturally through the pen's pressure sensitivity.


Use a pen tablet,that might help.

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