Photoshop help?

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    Oct 31, 2011 7:17 PM GMT
    I need help with Photoshop, please. I'm not very software saavy at all, and am incredibly impressed with what I have done so far myself, but can;t figure out how to go further.

    I have a transparent background, with a logo on it. Just black and traced.

    Creating the image, I did a lot of copy/paste to make all the angles the same, and in the process parts of my lines are thicker than others.

    So, does anyone know how i might go about evening it all out so it looks like a nice vector image again and everything is balanced?

    Also, how about changing the colour of the tracing from black to magenta?

    any help is great, thanks.
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    Oct 31, 2011 8:17 PM GMT
    If you have the program Adobe Illustrator, you should render all your logos there. It's a vector-based program, so if you size the logo way up or way down, you won't lose any quality. Whereas Photoshop is raster based, and any major resizing after being created will cause it to become pixelated.

    If it has to be Photoshop, though, you might try using the 'pen' tool to trace over what you have on a new layer, and in the process compensate manually for the varying line lengths. That can be tedious, but it works.
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    Oct 31, 2011 8:43 PM GMT
    definitely agree with Hawk. For the work your doing you should be using Illustrator. You can usually get a class at the local community college in it and at the same time have access to computers with fully-featured software to use during the semester (so you don't have to buy the software license). I took it here in NOLA and, though i haven't used it, am glad i did since its another computer program in my resume.
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    Nov 02, 2011 5:28 AM GMT
    Since you asked specifically about photoshop and not illustrator. I'll help you in photoshop.

    Photoshop can do vector based work it's just not as fast or powerful.

    This approach works best for straight lines and sharp corners, however you can also use this approach with curves however it can be a little bit of a pain in the but doing this in photoshop.

    Open the document you want to use.

    Since you mentioned it's black and white this makes it more simple.

    put a new layer on in the layers panel and then choose the pen tool (p)

    At the top of the photoshop window just under the file menu you will have a few options you want to choose "shape layer"

    So with the pen tool your going to start following the line you want to remake, going all the way around, now if it's straight lines and hard corners click on each corner. going around the logo, keep going around until you reach the other side and then click on the first small square you made.

    The layer will fill with a colour, to get rid of it drop the fill opacity to zero and then add a layer style of stroke set it to inner stroke, then set the stroke to what ever colour and thickness you want.
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    Nov 02, 2011 5:40 AM GMT
    kaoi said
    So, does anyone know how i might go about evening it all out

    Wait until about 6 or 7pm.
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    Nov 16, 2011 3:05 AM GMT
    Iceblink said
    kaoi said
    So, does anyone know how i might go about evening it all out

    Wait until about 6 or 7pm.


    ha ha ha.

    Thanks for all the help. I ended up learning a bit about CorelDraw (was so ready to /wrist through the entire process). In the end it was worth it and the logo turned out spectacular.

    Thanks again to all!
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    Nov 16, 2011 3:33 AM GMT
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