Vector graphics are the ideal format for use in logos, images, or simple illustrations because they have clear lines and contours. Due to their lack of shading and pixel depth, vector graphics load quickly on websites and in animations. Vector images are used in graphic design, website design, and commercial marketing. Read this article and learn how to convert JPG to Vector.
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Select a professional caliber photo-editing computer software program to convert your selected image.
Upload or scan in the JPG image you want to convert to a vector image.
- The image needs to be large and detailed enough so you can zoom in. It should be 600 by 600 pixels or larger.
Open your image in the photo-editing software and click on the layers toolbar, separating the layers.
Select the background layer and duplicate it twice.
Select the top copy of the background layer and click on the visibility tab, turning off its visibility.
Click on the middle copy and desaturate it by clicking on the ‘Edit’ tab and selecting ‘Fade Desaturate.’
Select the middle copy and hit the ‘Images’ tab, clicking to ‘Posterize’ the layer.
Adjust the posterization to level 9 and rename the layer ‘Posterized.’
Select the background copy and click on the ‘Visibility’ tab, changing it to visible.
Click on the ‘Layers’ tab, and click to create a new layer then drag it to sit behind the background copy.
Use the eye dropper tool to select an element of the photo and use the pen tool to trace around the part of the image that is the selected color.
Add a new layer for each element and color of the picture (i.e., a layer for the dark brown of the tree, a layer for the light brown of the tree, and a layer for the black in the tree’s bark).
With each layer, trace it with the pen tool and use the eyedropper to take the original color and drop it in to the traced shape.
Vary the opacity of each layer by dragging the slidebar to make it more transparent. This will make the final product more realistic and 3-dimensional.
Zoom in and out to catch shadows and more subtle shadings in the image, adding additional layers and tracings for each shadow.
Save the final image with the .eps file ending to keep the vector formatting intact.
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- There are free websites online that will convert a JPG image to a Vector image for you. The quality is not as high but it is a quick, free way to access Vector images if you do not have photo processing software.
- Lock each layer as you are satisfied with it so it does not get mixed up or moved during the editing process. This can be done by selecting the layers tab and then selecting the layer and clicking the small padlock.
- You can scale vector images as large or small as you would like without losing any quality because the colors and shapes are made up of mathematical formulas that are not affected by their scale.
[notice type="warning" title="WARNINGS" tag="h4"]Be sure to add colored layers from dark to light, otherwise the gradients will not be visible.[/notice]