How to Create Vector Art

By Contributor ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Photo saved as image file
  • Photo editing software
Create Vector Art

How to Create Vector Art. Vector art is created by manipulating a photo or image with a computer program. It makes the image appear in an animated style. Vector art does not lose its quality under magnification like normal photos do. When vector art is printed, the picture keeps its crisp look even when resized. Making vector art takes a basic knowledge of photo editing software and a little bit of time.

Pick an image to use. When first learning vector art, it is best to choose an image with less detail--one that you don't mind looking at for a long time.

Open the image in the photo editing software. Copy the background layer of the picture and turn off the visibility of the top copy.

Click "Posterize" under the image tab on your toolbar. Some software lists "Posterize" under "Image and Adjustments." The "Posterize" picture is a rough guide to creating the vector art.

Create a new layer by clicking the "Layer" option under the "Image" tab. Select the "Pen" or "Pencil" tool. Find the largest portion of the picture and choose a color that is similar to the color on the original picture. Trace the edges of that part of the picture. Repeat until all of the major portions of the picture are traced with the colors matching the original photo.

Compare the original photo to the traced photo. Start outlining and creating the details. Start with the second largest features first. Trace the basic shape of the second largest feature with the "Pen." Add the colors, shapes and basic aspects of that feature with the options on the "Draw" toolbar. For instance, if you are drawing an eye, start with the shape of the eye and then do the iris and the pupil. Add shading around the eye and then add the eyelashes and highlights.

Save the feature as a layer. Use the "Layers" option once a feature is complete. This allows you to work in just one area without tampering with another completed area. Repeat the last two steps for the rest of the components of the picture.

Add shading to the whole picture to give the picture depth. Save your photo as a ".VPF" file.

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