This section covers information on how to assess and deal with your sketches prior to importing them into your book pages.

The importation procedure is covered in Step 05 BOOK LAYOUT


Completed Sketches

Sketches are mostly black and white but can also be done in colour. When incorporating a sketch in book pages there is no restriction on how it is drawn or the level of detail. It is simply scanned and saved as a raster image and then imported into the page.

A sketch is just that. A sketch.  At times it might look quite scattered and untidy or hither and yon. Or very neat, articulate and precise, depending of course, on the artist’s skill, ability and style. Thick lines, thin lines, rough lines smooth lines. Intricate detail, shading, other areas completely blocked out. There’s not restrictions with a sketch. However do not get the terminology confused with:

  • Lineart Drawings
  • Illustrations
  • Graphic designs

The resolution of the scanner is very crisp, so when your sketch is scanned all lines will appear exactly as they are drawn. Take care not to leave smudges and stray lines and dots anywhere on your sketch as the scanner will pick those up easily. With that said, they can be removed or erased in Paint afterwards before importing the sketch file into your book page. But this process is done manually on the screen and takes time.

So the better quality initial image you scan, the better finished representation you’ll be likely to get and the more time you end up saving.

If you wish to add colour to a sketch it is best done before scanning. The vector program is not designed to fill sketched areas with colour as they are often made up of broken or partial lines and to fill an area with colour involves filling an enclosed shape with colour. That is more along the lines of an illustration or line art drawing.

Practise makes PERFECT

If you’re unsure whether a sketch is the style of image you want, try a practise one first. Then scan, save and import into a book page with your text to have a look and see what you think. Make sure it IS the type of finished image you want for your pages before you go investing all that time on a series of sketches that you may change your mind about.

Preparing Sketches

To incorporate or feature a sketch on a book page you firstly need to complete the sketch ready for scanning and make sure the resolution is correct. This means you must draw it large enough so that when it is scanned, it will meet the resolution requirements when imported at 100% it’s original size into your book page.

Alternatively you can scan it at a higher resolution to solve the problem of an undersize sketch, but you’ll need to do some calculations first to work out how much extra resolution is required.

You will need a minimum of 300dpi for the resolution. See the IMAGES page for further information regarding resolution.

Scanning and Saving Sketches

Treat any black and white sketches just like a lineart illustration when drawing. But without the need for tidying up or redrawing unless of course, you aren’t happy with your original sketch.

When satisfied with the result go to the DRAWINGS AND ILLUSTRATIONS instructions and follow the procedure for scanning and saving an illustration.

You will not have to go through the Vectorising process or be able to fill with colour. So it can be saved and stored ready to go in your IMAGES folder.

Save as a JPG or PNG file. Either is fine but JPG takes up less memory in file capacity.

Click here for How to Deal with DRAWINGS AND ILLUSTRATIONS

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