How to Convert a Photo to Line Art in Corel Photo-Paint

Written by wendy k. leigh
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Photo-Paint is a program sold by the Corel software company and has been on the market since 1992, with several updates over the years. Version 9 introduced the "Art Strokes" series of built-in effects, which allows users to create artistic effects with photographs, without having to purchase add-ons. Included in these effects are tools for converting photographs to line art, which simulates graphic pencil drawings. The Photo-Paint program is sold as part of the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, available in two different versions as of January 2011.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5
  • CorelDRAW Premium Suite X5 (optional)
  • Microsoft Windows 7, Vista or XP operating system

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    Open the Photo-Paint program. You will see the Menu Bar across the top of the screen, with options like File, Edit, View, Image, Effects and more. Open the photograph that you wish to convert to line art, and then click on the button that says "Effects." Scroll down to "Art Strokes" and then "Sketch Pad." Click on "Sketch Pad" to show the various tools you will use to convert your photograph to line art. There will be four control parameters within the Sketch Pad dialogue box.

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    Choose your pencil type, either "Graphite" for a final black and white image or "Color" to make your finished line art have shades of colour within it. A preview will become available if the button on the bottom of the screen is checked. Click "Reset" to view results in both graphite and colour with the default settings.

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    When using the graphite pencil, the "Style" control button becomes available, allowing you to change graduations on a scale from 0 to 50. Slide the control along the scale to view the changes, making sure the "Preview" button is checked. The range allows you to choose between a rough style and a fine style, with many graduations in between.

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    When using the colour pencil, a "Pressure" parameter control becomes available, with similar results to the graphite pencil tool. Both control the density and thickness of the lines that are being drawn to replace the photographic image. Slide the control to preview results for pressure settings between 0 and 100.

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    Use the third parameter slider called "Outline" to control the thickness and depth of the outline that will be given to your new line art drawing. Slide the control on a scale from 0 to 100, stopping when the preview shows the effect that you desire. After you have utilised all buttons and are satisfied with the result of your line art drawing, click "OK" to finalise the conversion of your photograph.

Tips and warnings

  • After converting your photograph to line art, be sure to click "Save" in order to retain the changes you have made.
  • Always save the original photograph as a separate file, then make your conversion on a copy. This will enable you to make additional versions from the original, if desired.

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