Clean Up/Trace Back for Scan Ready Artwork



In this lesson students will be introduced to the methods, techniques and understandings necessary for cleaning up and tracing back drawings so that they are ready for scanning into the computer to be used in bitmap/vector image production. Students will review analyzing characters for basic underlying shapes, forms and volumes, before proceeding to how to clean up and trace back rough drawings. The main technique for trace backs/clean ups students will be introduced to and using is the dagger stroke. The dagger stroke is crucial for creating clean consistent lines in line based animation.

Lesson Time

Anticipatory Set
10 - 15 Minutes
10 Minutes
Guided Practice
40 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Post-Secondary
  • Adult

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (2)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (1)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will learn how to use a dagger stroke to Clean Up/Trace back rough drawings to create scan ready artwork.
  • Students will practice analyzing characters for basic underlying forms and volumes

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