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    cartoons felt pen settings

    Nowhere can I find how to draw BLACK over imported jpg tracing.
    The felt pen only seems to do GREY. Why does it take on a THIN line?
    My drawing settings are: 300dpi, 2000 x 1500 pixels (ditto canvas
    but I don't understand why need for both paint AND canvas settings panels).
    Felt pen: At 72dpi (error) settings are OK at 30%,40%,75%,Artpen,14% line.
    But I can't adjust satisfactorily for 300dpi 2000 x 1500.
    Previous postings re cartoons didn't help me, I'm sorry.
    HOW TO ADJUST settings to get 300dpi to look same as 72dpi on screen?
    I can't get jet black.
    PS 20 years daily computer and pixels/sizes still bamboozle me!

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    Hi Tom,

    Have you been creating a new layer over the imported picture layer and making sure the Felt Pens "Art Pen" option is set to "On"? That should help when it comes to getting your lines appear as a pure black. Imported pictures are given a "paint" covering for those who would want to smear it, so using a Felt Pen directly on it would cause the colors to blend (causing gray, if you use a black Felt Pen on the white area of the black and white imported image).

    As for the size of the brush, you can make them larger by typing in numbers up to 500%. The normal size seems large enough for me, but I don't know how you're planning to use it. Check out the video below, which I made when testing things out.

    VIDEO Test
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    I'd not previously tried creating a 2nd layer and set it at low opacity.
    I looked at the video. Thanks!
    Saved me from going thru jpg procedure (but why then the tracing tool?).
    Managed to get a BLACK line over the faded original but I've drawn on a transparent "paper" . . . . . .
    Going for a lie down and mopping of the brow.
    Re pixels: Why aren't all computers the same size and resolution?!!!!

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    I should have explained: I have drawn cartoon roughs in Artrage.
    It is the roughs that I want to trace over (as I become more
    accomplished with the software and wacom). So using a second
    layer over a faded original will do the job. Of course the tracing
    facility thingy is for tracing over IMPORTED pics. I don't need
    to do that. No idea what stencils are for, though it's unlikely
    they will be useful for me (?).
    I've posted a non-wacom cartoon for info.
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    Oh... Okay, hold up. So you're using the actual "Tracing Paper" tools ArtRage has. I sometimes forget about the "Tracing Paper" option, because I'm so used to using layers in other programs for this.

    Personally, for what you're trying to do, I don't think the "Tracing Paper" would work as well as just importing the image and drawing over it on a new layer. When you use the "Tracing Paper" it covers over your image (which is now why I think your lines were looking gray) until you chose to hide the Tracing Paper (by hitting the "T" key to toggle it). You'd also have to make sure you weren't using the "Choose colors from tracing image" option, otherwise you'd be using the colors of the pixel your brush was over at the time you started the mark. Getting the image to be the correct size would be troublesome also.

    If you go with my original post, all you have to do is change the layers canvas settings to make the textures you'd like, then once the image was traced, set the grains "Opacity" (do not confuse this with the layers opacity) to 100% to show the paper. As for stencils, they're quit useful if you plan to color and shade your images. Once you block in the color, you can make a stencil from that colors layer and shade on another layer without having to worry about going outside the lines (LINK1, LINK2).
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    Thanks again for info re layers and not tracing thingy.
    I've followed your links to the tuition videos too.
    Yonks ago I read in Photoshop how to paint without
    smudging the outlines but until TODAY (thanks again)
    I'd never been able to find how again! I will, eventually,
    introduce colour into my work.
    Although I've been designing on computer for 20 years,
    done courses, read countless mags and manuals
    and now forum tips, and managed to do my own website
    10 years ago (in my fashion), I go through hell trying to
    assemble all the technicals. Then I forget. Having in the past
    filled rooms with crumpled A4s until bonfire night,
    I will now persevere with the wacom tablet and this excellent
    Artrage. Still, though, need to digest the ppi and dpi, etc rules!
    So much pesky variety in life!

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