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I use median (Effects>Noise>Median) for this sometimes, but it depends on the subject.

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Agreed with pdnnoob, median works well if the lines are %100 black and on a transparent layer.

Sorry, I actually meant an outline of an image, it's not just an outline, if you ever used Adobe Illustrator, if you trace (Silhouette) an image with a jagged, rough outline, Illustrator automatically converts it smooth, I'm looking for something similar on Paint.NET, I use Illustrator at school, don't have it at home, haha.

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Add a new layer.  On the new layer trace the original bumpy lines using the line/curve tool :LineTool:

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Also if you use the right mouse button you will get a bit more control on the curves. You may have to make many small lines in some cases. I recommend working each new line on a new layer until you are happy with the line & then merge it down. 

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I would've thought of that, but I guess that's gonna take awhile to complete, not really worth it as the result can be very inaccurate.

I trace images with the line tool quite often. Unless you're trying to trace hair follicles or something equally fine, it's actually a great way to trace. If you want more detail and accuracy, use shorter lines and zoom in. The end result is often not unlike art done with adobe illustrator.

 

Here's something I did recently with the line tool

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I tried several things to get the result you showed, but it erases some detail. Personally, I'd retrace it. Believe me, it's a hassle especially if there are a lot of details, but the end result is nice.

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I came up with a solution that works on the Alpha Channel - Deselect before applying.

 

Note it's menu is Effects->Object

 

If anyone thinks it has merit I will post it as a bonafide plugin. This plugin is not fond of corners.

 

 

Posted it anyways

 

TR's Str8Edge Plugin V1.0

 

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I came up with a solution that works on the Alpha Channel - Deselect before applying.

 

Note it's menu is Effects->Object

 

If anyone thinks it has merit I will post it as a bonafide plugin. This plugin is not fond of corners.

 

 

Posted it anyways

 

TR's Str8Edge Plugin V1.0

 

That's a very interesting plugin, cheers, I will take a look at it, really cool!

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