Vectorization made easy!

Understanding minimalism
There are several ways of drawing an artwork: digitally or by hand. Although some methods are more convenient than others, it all depends on your skill, speed, and originality. In some extreme cases, a designer does not have to draw a sketch at all, he or she simply may borrow artwork from other designers and customise it to suit the needs of the client.
Creativity is everywhere, but originality isn’t…
…and that makes the designer’s artistic approach much harder. What goes on in the design world is all a constant recycling of ideas. Depending on the occasion, the time and the need, an artwork is chosen and re-introduced into the pool of creativity as something unique. The possibilities to an artwork are endless, and can make artworks either great or horrendous as a result. There is so much room for trial and error.

What is vectorization?

Vectorization, a term familiar to most graphic designers and illustrators, is the digital trace or blueprint of an artwork in dots, lines, or other binary shapes into either EPS or AI file formats. These format types enable artworks (or vectors) to be re-scaled at any dimensional value and retain their quality regardless of size or screen resolution.
These formats carry instructional value unlike the commonly known GIF and JPEG formats which only capture a picture and its fixed pixel values. The AI and EPS formats are industry standard for large and small scale printing mostly used in Illustrator and CorelDraw softwares and are highly recommended for commercial printing.
Vectorizing artwork saves time because it allows you to edit artwork without necessarily starting from scratch. The reality is a lot of artwork we see on signs and billboards may have been adopted from original artwork designed by someone else. That does not make it stealing, it’s simply borrowing to add on a special touch.
Though vectorization helps to enhance your artworks digitally, it must be used carefully in order to avoid copyright cases. Always make sure you either draw out your own vectors, or search for royalty free vectors in order to avoid any problems. Our craft is about borrowing from one another to keep visual familiarity within the current state of design in our society. At the right time, the trend will change into something new.
In a fast paced design agency, the tendency to vectorize an image is higher given the amount of clients they must accommodate. The vector can be altered accordingly, depending on how soon the deadline must be met, enabling the agency to get through various design tasks in a day at a much quicker pace.
Make use of this valuable tool, and enjoy all the endless possibilities vectorization offers.
The trick to easy vectorization lies in Illustrator, follow the screens below:
  1. Download any image in either JPEG, GIF, or PNG formats.
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2. Open the file in Adobe Illustrator.
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3. Image Trace the image, choose which trace setting is appropriate for your picture, and then click Expand.
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4. Click Expand to render the image fully editable.
5. Completely edit the image to your liking.
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So there you go. Vectorizing made easy!
This post was written by Samuel Dadey for the Thrive blog. Samuel is a designer with The Workspace.