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To be honest, I'm not even sure what rotoscoping is. :?

I've looked at a few definitions, namely from Wikipedia and WhatIs, but I'm still a bit lost as to exactly what it is. Seems like a form of projecting imagery to be traced as or composited with a hand-drawn or otherwise animated object... Or something like that...

Are you going for that oil-painting type look?

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I am an organism, an animal, a creature, I am a beast.

~ Becoming the Archetype

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If what you're looking for is that thickly inked, oil-painting look, you might give Inkscape a shot. It's a free Vector-based program from the Sourceforge community, and it has PoTrace built-in, which allows you to trace vector paths from a bitmap.

For example, I did a Google Image search for "person," and here's Mr. Carl E. Person:

MrPersonsat.jpg

And here he is after tracing with a combination of Color Multi-Pass tracing and Edge Detection tracing:

MrPersonvec.jpg

You can get Inkscape here:

http://www.inkscape.org/

If you have any questions about how to use it, feel free to e-mail me here:

crazymandan@gmail.com

Hope that helps!

Dan

I am not a mechanism, I am part of the resistance;

I am an organism, an animal, a creature, I am a beast.

~ Becoming the Archetype

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Those image links you provided do not work. They say: My image for this link is no longer here.

But thanks for the prog, I'll check it out.

I'm kind of a n00b at paint progs and stuff, could you do a step-by-step guide as to how to do this, please?

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Gah! My images were broken!

Sorry about that... I had them as .png, but they were rather huge, so I uploaded .jpgs, but I didn't change the message references to .jpgs. They were still in my cache, though, so I saw them and assumed everything was hunky-dory...

Anyway, if you'd like a guide on how to do it, shoot me an e-mail so I can get your address. I'll respond with the guide. Since this is the Paint.NET forum and all, this isn't the place for Inkscape tutorials. :wink:

I am not a mechanism, I am part of the resistance;

I am an organism, an animal, a creature, I am a beast.

~ Becoming the Archetype

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  • 9 months later...

apparently, rotoscoping is not actually done with software.

They make film then they recolor each frame, by tracing over it.

Of course, you can come close to the effect using the oil painting tools, toon tools, cutout, and the line tools.

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File -> Export Bitmap.

It will be exported as a PNG with alpha. You can then pull it into PDN (or any raster editor) and save it as a JPG.

I am not a mechanism, I am part of the resistance;

I am an organism, an animal, a creature, I am a beast.

~ Becoming the Archetype

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