As the title says, I need help with making the lines sharper in a drawing my friend drew. He asked me if I can make the lines better, and I have tried going over it with the brush tool but it's going to take a long time. I was wondering if there might be a quicker way of doing this? enter image description here

Thanks Jake

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    What software do you have access to?
    – Ryan
    Oct 8, 2014 at 20:57
  • Define "sharp"? Those lines look fairly sharp already (in that the edges aren't fuzzy).
    – DA01
    Oct 8, 2014 at 21:04
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    Traditionally, an illustrator would put another piece of vellum over that art and trace/redraw it in a more refined state. Then scan for digital use.
    – Scott
    Oct 8, 2014 at 22:06

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You have a couple of options.

As already mentioned above, you can always live trace and go from there. If you don't have Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape is an opensource alternative.

Those lines look pretty sharp though so I get the impression that you either want to tidy the sketch up a little or make a workable digital version.

To tidy it up a little;

Rather than colouring in all of the lines and sections with the brush tool, you can use either Photoshop or the opensource image editor Gimp to mess with the levels, jack up the brightness and the contrast and then go from there.

You'd end up with something like this as a starting step; enter image description here

Some more steps are mentioned here about cleaning up hand drawn sketches as well as a wealth of online resources :)

Now if you want to make an illustration of your friends drawing questions like that have been answered before and there are some tutorials online too.

Best of luck, hope I've helped.

Welcome to the site :)


If it helps you can save this image trace (Illustrator, default tracing options) and continue editing in any editor you want:

enter image description here

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