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How to draw by hand, then adjust the drawing and generate a png

I got tired of using computer tools for expressing my ideas as images. Instead, I started drawing on paper. But I always wanted to change the drawing a little bit. The challenge: I use Windows and I am not an expert on SVG graphics tools.

So below is the current workaround I use for getting my ideas on paper, and then on a .png file using simple and free tools (without being an expert)

  1. Draw by hand on paper
  2. Take a photo of the drawing
  3. Open the jpeg image on inkspace
  4. Path / trace bitmat
  5. Save as .png
  6. Open the .png on paint.net
  7. Crop image pieces
  8. Copy / paste the pieces on inkscape
  9. Rebuild the image
  10. Save as png

Below is an example (before and after).




Simple is good. This works for now.

Paulo Caroli

Paulo Caroli is the author of the best-selling book “Lean Inception: How to Align People and Build the Right Product” (the first on a series of books on business agility). He's also the creator of FunRetrospectives.com , a site and book about retrospectives, futurospectives and team building activities. Caroli writes on this blog frequently. Receive the next post in your email. Sign up here.
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