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Help with curved lines in Pixel Art?

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[indent=1] I recently stumbled across a pixel art tutorial that mentioned making curved lines.[url="http://opengameart.org/content/chapter-2-lines-and-curves"]http://opengameart.org/content/chapter-2-lines-and-curves[/url] It mentions how to make curved lines, but I am still having trouble making them. Could someone help me understand the rles of curved lines and how to go about making them in more depth? Thanks.[/indent]
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FleBlanc, this was my intention, thx for visualizing it [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img]
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Could you post some examples of what you're trying to do? You can attach files to posts.

FLeBlanc's did a good job with his example.The key to smooth curves is consistent "stepping", where there's an even reduction in the length of each step, like here:

[attachment=11271:Stepping.png]

More general ways to make sure things to look right is to zoom out all the way or mirror your sprite horizontally every so often. It lets you take a fresh look again and recognize any glaring problems you didn't notice while working on it (you tend to lose overall perspective working on details).

I would practice by making blobs (pools of goo or blood, imagine) and smoothing them out until they look right. There really aren't any hard and fast rules, so experiment until you fell comfortable. First attempts are as a rule are always bad; it just takes practice.
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I know CorelDRAW has an option to save vector images as rasterized bitmap data without applying any form of anti-aliasing. It's in its Export...-dialog window.
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I am trying to make an image of Squall Leonheart from Final Fantasy 8. I've attached what I have so far, and the image that I am using as a reference. I need to make curves to put in the individual strands of these hair. However, some of these curves are irregular, and therefore I am having trouble.
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