How I did it: Vectorizing an image

... in Illustrator.

Step 1

First, place a high-contrasted image (high-key image, in this case my model Iva into Illustrator work area.

Step 2

There is a bunch of tracing software and plug-ins out there, but for this example I decided to do tracing manually with pencil tool.

Step 3

Use your imagination, draw something that you imagine, not just what you see.

Step 4

In order to get a right side of the face copy+paste left half, mirror and join to get the full picture, and then draw an oval shape around.

Step 5

Make some basic elements like simple flowers, leaves, circles and stains.

Step 6

On the other hand, if you need this illustration for any purposes and don’t want to bother going through all this then get it here...


Photo credits: Bsilvia.

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July 20, 2007


Thanks for sharing your knowledge with beginners

July 20, 2007


Thanks :)

July 19, 2007


Lovely work!

July 18, 2007


Thanks for the good tips you have here.
To me creating an illustrations is still hard, specially when we need to get our imagination involve on it.
by your post, i think it is nothing to lose to try once more. ;)
Great article.

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