Although Photoshop is raster graphics software, it has many tools and tricks to support vector graphics. One of the best tricks is its ability to vectorize raster images.
This is a very useful trick that every artist and designer should learn to use. For example, if you have a low-resolution logo or image that you want to scale without making it blurry, you can vectorize the image in Photoshop and resize it freely.
In this quick guide, we’ll show you exactly how to vectorize an image in Photoshop. It’s a very simple method, you see.
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Why Vectorize Images?
The main difference vector and raster form is that vector images consist of paths, which makes them easier to scale and edit. Raster images consist of pixels.
When you resize or scale a raster image, it affects the quality of the image and makes it blurry or pixelated. Vector images allow you to scale them without affecting quality.
By vector rasterizing an image, you can easily resize the image without losing too much quality.
How to Vectorize an Image in Photoshop |
This method follows a very simple process of vectorizing simple images. Remember that this works best for images such as logos, icons and shapes. And it may not work well on the most complex and colorful images, such as photographs.
Let’s get started.
Step 1: Prepare the image
First, prepare the image you want to vectorize.
Press Control + Alt + I to bring up the Image Size window and set the Resolution to 300.
Then separate the vector image from the background. Make a selection and copy it to a new level. Or delete the background.
Step 2: Make a work path
With the image separated from the background, click the layer icon in the Layers panel while holding down the Control key on your keyboard.
This creates an image. Now select the Marquee Tool from the tool palette (or press M), move the cursor to the selection, and right-click.
Then choose Make Work Path from the menu.
Keep tolerance at 1.0.
Step 3: Create a vector mask
Now go to the Direct Selection tool (or press A) and right-click the image again.
Then click Create Vector Mask. This creates a vector mask on top of the layer that you see in the Layers panel.
Step 4: Export as a vector file
The only thing you need to do now is save the vectorized image as a vector file.
Click File >> Save As, and then choose Photoshop EPS File Format from the Save As Type menu. Click Save to save the vectorized image.
You can now open an EPS file in Illustrator and easily scale the image without losing its quality.
How to convert an image to vector art in Photoshop
If you came here looking for a way to create vector art from an image, such as clip art, you can check it out this YouTube tutorial. It is a much more complex process that we cannot deal with here.
There is another option. You can convert images to vector with Photoshop, or even cartoon them. Here are a few options you can try.
This is a fast Photoshop feature that uses a similar technique as before to vectorize images. Except for this function, you do not need to do any work. It only works with one click.
A very useful Photoshop feature that not only creates vector art from images but also converts them to a scalable vector file format.
This Photoshop feature instantly turns an image into vector art. Although it may not completely convert your images to vector format.
This Photoshop function works in the same way as the previous one. It also creates a vector clip art layout for your images.
A collection of 4 different vector art Photoshop activities. It includes steps to help you create cartoon paintings, raster color, and vector art.
As a designer, you will find many benefits to vectorizing images. This simple trick is sure to make your job a lot easier.
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