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Where I Draw the Line

If you’re a graphic design major most likely you’ve had to learn to master the adobe trio: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. All have similar elements that function together smoothly. You have also noticed that some have features that another doesn’t have. One of my major complaints about Adobe is how it can sometimes keep certain tools exclusive to one software and not to another that needs that tools just as much. One of these examples is Adobe giving Illustrator a stabilization option for drawing lines and not Photoshop. The latter may be a photo editing software but it also functions as a digital art software; used by professionals in the animation industry. However, unlike Illustrator it doesn’t have line stabilization. What this means is the lines you draw in Photoshop are not corrected or smoothed—usually resulting into a messy scribble of a line that would otherwise be easier to accomplish with a pencil and paper. When trying to draw a line in Illustrator your line will come out smooth and clean. This makes sense for Illustrator because its purpose is to create high quality vector graphics. So why shouldn’t Adobe give this option to a digital art software that people use for sketching, animation and digital painting? This effects graphic designers whose talents extend over to illustration. So far there hasn’t been any change in this and its made me rely on other software to make my line art then transfer it on to Photoshop to color. Adobe’s software is of the highest quality and I would recommend it to anyone but this little element has cost me more time on projects than it should. If you want to draw smooth lines like in Illustrator I’d recommend Manga Studio/Clip Studio Paint. to video: