MSN Live Messenger to Illustrator

If you’re anything like me, you can often communicate better visually with images, rather than text. When chatting on MSN with my trusty Wacom tablet, often half the conversation is in drawings, especially when the other person enjoys drawing as much as I do.

MSN Live Messenger drawn-conversation in progress
MSN Live Messenger drawn-conversation in progress

The problem with these drawn-conversations is that it can be difficult to keep a record of what has been drawn. Sometimes whole comics or detailed pictures are drawn with no way to save the images… unless you have Adobe Illustrator. Here’s how.

Next time you have a drawing in MSN that you want to save, open up Illustrator and simply drag and drop the drawing into the Illustrator workspace.

Drag and drop the drawing into Illustrator
Drag and drop the drawing into Illustrator

The beauty of using Illustrator (rather than just taking a screen shot) is that it saves the drawing in full vector detail.

So whether it’s a comic that you’ve been able to get just the right expression on or just a funny picture you want to save, you’ll be able to retain all the detail and enlarge or refine the image further in Illustrator. Or evenĀ  export it to Flash and animate it, or print it out and give it to the friend you were talking to (things seem funnier in print).

Right: Vector outlines in Illustrator. Left: A custom brush applied to the strokes.
Right: Vector outlines in Illustrator. Left: A custom brush applied to the strokes.

Illustrator is the only program that seems to be able to capture the vector data properly. If you know of any other programs that work, let me know!

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