Trace a Face with Inkscape

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This is a tutorial that uses the vector graphics program Inkscape to trace a face.

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Trace a Face with Inkscape

  1. 1. Trace a Face with Inkscape<br />
  2. 2. 1) Find a picture and import it! &quot;File -&gt; Import&quot;<br />Click here for help on importing files.<br />
  3. 3. 2) Activate the &quot;Lines/Curves&quot; tool.<br />Click here for help on creating lines or &quot;paths&quot;.<br />
  4. 4. 3) Click & Release to add points at the start/end of the major curves on the face. <br /><ul><li>Study the example below before beginning yours.
  5. 5. Be sure to enclose the shape by finishing your last point exactly on top of the very first point.</li></ul>Click here for help on creating lines or &quot;paths&quot;.<br />
  6. 6. 4) Activate the &quot;Edit node&quot; tool.<br />With this tool, you can:<br />add nodes<br />move existing nodes<br />delete nodes <br />bend lines.<br />Click here for help on creating lines or &quot;paths&quot;.<br />
  7. 7. 5) Bend your lines to the contour of the face.<br />Click here for help on creating lines or &quot;paths&quot;.<br />
  8. 8. 6) Begin working on facial features.(eyes, nose, wrinkles, etc.)<br />Click here for help on creating lines or &quot;paths&quot;.<br />
  9. 9. 7) Make sure the lip lines are fully enclosed. <br />Click here for help on creating lines or &quot;paths&quot;.<br />
  10. 10. 8) If you see a line on your face...trace it!<br />Click here for help on creating lines or &quot;paths&quot;.<br />
  11. 11. 9) Don&apos;t forget the ears.<br />Click here for help on creating lines or &quot;paths&quot;.<br />
  12. 12. 10) The hair should be a fully enclosed shape. Trace the general shape of your hairline. It doesn&apos;t need to be perfect.<br />Click here for help on creating lines or &quot;paths&quot;.<br />
  13. 13. 11) Once you&apos;re done with all the major tracing, use the &quot;Move&quot; tool to move the background image to the side of your tracing.<br />
  14. 14. 12) Now begin adding &quot;fill colors&quot; to your shapes.<br />With the face selected, go to &quot;Object -&gt; Fill and Stroke&quot;. <br />On the &quot;Fill&quot; tab, select &quot;Flat color&quot;.<br />Click here for help on filling shapes with color.<br />
  15. 15. 13) Use the &quot;eye-dropper&quot; to sample a color from the original image. <br />Click around on the image until you find a color that you feel best represents your skin tone.<br />
  16. 16. 14) Repeat the previous step with your hair.<br />
  17. 17. 15) Continue with eyes, lips, and teeth.<br />
  18. 18. 16) Begin adding highlights.<br />Create a circle to represent the highlight.<br />Fill the circle with white.<br />Blur the circle.<br />Lower the opacity of the circle.<br />Click here for help with the circle tool.<br />
  19. 19. 17) Add the shadows.<br />Create a shape to represent a shadow.<br />Sample a darker color with the eye-dropper.<br />Fill the shape and blur it.<br />Lower the opacity.<br />Click here for help with blurring and changing the visibility/opacity of shapes.<br />
  20. 20. 18) Fill the shape with color.<br />Don’t forget to remove the outline.<br />Add blur & lower the opacity.<br />Locate all areas of shading on your face and repeat the steps.<br />Click here for help with blurring and changing the visibility/opacity of shapes.<br />
  21. 21. 21) Finished product, complete with shadows & highlights.<br />

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