I wanted to make some tote bags for my Zazzle store with different dog breeds on them. I like silhouettes because they seem to depict the breed in general rather than a photo of one particular dog. I tried making the silhouettes in my Photoshop Elements program, but the edges were fuzzy and had shadows. Even if the finished product looked fine, it was hard to work with. What I wanted was a vector image with clean lines rather than pixels.
How to Create Smooth Silhouettes in a Free Drawing Program
How I got rid of messy shadows in my silhouettes using the free Inkscape program.
Setting it Up
Draw Your Image
Fill and Clear Background
Polishing It Up
It may be a little slow at first to learn how to use nodes and handles if you haven't done it before, but soon you'll be zipping out an image in no time. It just takes a little practice to get the hang of it.
I'm not an expert on drawing programs or graphic programs by any means, but I love learning something new and there's plenty to learn here. I'd be happy to hear suggestions or comments from the pros.