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Trying to make my Croquis using the computer
what I have so done so far with GIMP
lakaribane
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Date: 6/20/13 10:01 PM

Ok, I was converted to the personal Croquis idea by PR members and tried to do it completely by computer.

Note that I do not know how to use image manipulation (?) softwares AT ALL but GIMP is free and it's supposed to be the Photoshop knock-off ie highly appealing to me!!!

So this is what I made so far:



Basically, took a [bad] picture of myself in my underwear (yes, I am brazenly posting it here, LOL!) against the worst background possible (btw two doors in the hallway!) and followed a random tutorial online

Just putting another option out there...

Aside : Can anyone more gifted/informed tell me how to make it a black outline on a white backdrop, pretty please?

PS : Several things occurred to me already:
a) I need to learn to pose more naturally but what to do with your arms when you need a clear outline???
b) The contour thingy circled my nostrils LOL!
c) Seriously considering a new shape of underwear!!!
d) Please do not construe this as sly pressure to put your body out there if you are not comfortable doing so. I decided to be more honest with myself. (Still hard on the ego, but good for the soul)
-- Edited on 6/20/13 10:07 PM --

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Date: 6/20/13 10:15 PM

What a great idea!

And you are smokin' hot!

(mine would be lumpier but it's still a great idea!)

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Date: 6/20/13 10:27 PM

You could try using this tutorial by Lauren of the Lladybird blog. I believe she used Gimp for hers, and it is very step-by-step with screenshots and all.

HTH
-- Edited on 6/20/13 10:29 PM --

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Date: 6/20/13 10:41 PM

My natural inclination would be to make a new layer in the software above the one with this image in it and trace around your body image with a pencil or brush tool. It would make a clean line but kinda hard to do with a mouse IMHO, far easier to do with a tablet.

Might be able to use channels or magic wand to remove the grey, but results will not likely be as clean as tracing.

Could print this out and manually trace it over on tracing paper and then scan it back into the software for touch up if needed with the eraser tool for a clean copy to make prints from.

If the above has already confused you I'll offer a last choice because I admire your moxie for posting this. I can trace it for you so it's a clean line drawing, although I recommend leaving the face blank... like Style Arc does so it doesn't distract.
If interested contact me @ dannykatter@yahoo.com
Shel
oh good someone found a tracing tutorial. I thought I saw one, but couldn't remember where.
-- Edited on 6/20/13 10:50 PM --

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Date: 6/21/13 6:08 AM

If you are tired if messing around in software do you have a printer and scanner?
Can you print it out, cut out your shape and then lay the shape on the bed and scan it back in as a pdf?
Another idea is to trace the cut out shape on plain paper and take that paper to someone who can scan it as a pdf file. Or use an office supply store. Put the pdf on a usb stick and back into your computer.

I think you had a great idea and did a fantastic job. You should write it up as a PR tip using gimp and whatever else you do.

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Date: 6/21/13 6:45 AM

I used Lladybird's tutorial (mentioned above) and it worked well for me. I recommend marking key points like your bust line, waist, elbows and knees on the drawing - it makes it easier for sketching patterns on it, and it can be hard to judge precisely where those points are once you've got a face-on outline.

I kept my arms by my sides, but with a slight gap so that I could still see my outline. I think it's less misleading when you dress up the croquis (than having your arms out).

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Date: 6/21/13 3:04 PM

I "borrowed" your posted image, upped the exposure, and selected out the background. I can't figure out how to post it without first putting it on a public site (my flickr), as I cannot do an attachment. Let me know if you mind first, or send me a PM with your email and I'll send it to ya.

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Date: 6/21/13 3:20 PM

Lladybird's tut looks good...

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Date: 6/21/13 5:19 PM

lakaribane, I have nothing to add as I am worthless with photo editing software. I just wanted to tell you I love your nostrils

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Date: 6/22/13 0:01 AM

Hi, everybody! Sorry to respond so late, the internet at home only condescended to work just now.

Thank you all for the recommendations and compliments.

I am ashamed to say that I follow Lauren's blog and completely forgot about that tutorial. Will check it out soon.

BTW, does anyone else compulsively use the PDF option on the Print menu? I am addicted to it, especially with blogs. Though I do wish bloggers would add the PDF widget and be done with it if they post tutorials regularly...

Back to my Croquis. Squish, please send me the file. My email is my username here AT gmail DOT com. Thank you so much!

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Addicted to Pinterest? Me too! : http://pinterest.com/lakaribane/

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