len_geta wrote:1.) Can you scan a black and white (line art) picture into Illistrator nicly?
2.) Can you do alot of the same things in Illistrator you can do in Photoshop with layers and the shading?
3.) And lastly, if I hade some drawing, how/where do I go (say I take the image on a floppy) to get it printed out into a poster??
1.) You can't scan into Illustrator. The best you could do was to scan in photoshop, save as a jpeg or tif and then import to Illustrator and trace it. You could also use Adobe Streamline to turn an inked image into vectors, and export to Illustrator (Which is what Scott does from the way he's explained it. Thats pretty much all he told me he used Illustrator for). Illustrator suck suck SUCKS at working with rasterized images. Don't ever do it.
2.) You can do layers but shading works way differently. Instead of using a brush you shade....you usually use gradient and gradients meshs (basically it creates a custom grid of points which gradiate out). FOr an example of a gradient mesh: http://www.tcs.snafu-comics.com/art/artpenguin.php
Look at the penguin. He's basically a giant set of gradient meshs.
3.) Any image that will fit on a floppy will not be high enough resolution for a good poster. Most high quality printing is done ~300 dpi on the computer. I opened photoshop and made a 15"x22" document (which is the standard size for the smaller anime posters) at 300 dpi and drew a single line and it was at least 7+ megs of information. You add color in there and etc...you're talking a CD...now a disk. As for who can print it? Well any printing place with a large document printer. I've seen em at certain Office Depots, Kinkos, and Copy Max (The cheapest places to go if you want one poster). Go in and make sure they have equipment good enough to handle/print a document that size. Oh and make sure you process it in photoshop as CMYK and NOT RGB before taking it. You may wanna save as a .tif file (un flattened) since thats way more of a printing standard for pictures than jpeg or gif.