Converting Hand Drawn Art Into Vector Art?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Dee Dee, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. Dee Dee

    Dee Dee Guest

    Just wondering:

    How would one convert hand drawn art into computer vector art?

    I own Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop ... I'm somewhat experienced with the
    programs, but there's ALLOT I don't know about them. Is there a way to do
    it with these programs, other than the 'trace' tool?

    Is there a program that does this easily?

    Other than the programs I have or another 'perhaps' expensive program, is
    there any other way to acheive this?

    What I want to do:

    Draw my own art (let's just say a pumpkin for now) - be able to take that
    art and give it effects such as I can do in Illustrator.

    All suggestions and information gladly welcomed!
    Dee Dee, Aug 29, 2006
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  2. Dee Dee

    HTech Guest

    Hi Dee,

    Illustrator CS2 has a feature called 'Live Trace' which does exactly what
    you want.
    Works pretty good. If you have CS2, it's all in the help files.
    But basicly, you import a photo/drawing into Illustrator (place/copy-paste)
    and hit the live trace button.
    There are some presets or you can make your own settings.

    HTech, Aug 30, 2006
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  3. Dee Dee

    Aaron Guest

    Depending on what you expect the outcome to be, it's not always a great
    idea to automate tracing. LiveTrace, I've heard, works pretty well, but
    you will always end up with awkward shapes.

    I much prefer tracing by hand if the output is meant to be a "graphic
    interpretation," or logo. Sure, it's time consuming, but anything worth
    doing is worth doing right. Right?


    "Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems
    good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the
    rest." -- John Stuart Mill
    Aaron, Aug 30, 2006
  4. Dee Dee

    Dave Guest

    Corel Paint Shop Pro X

    Dave, Aug 30, 2006
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    Jean Pierre Daviau, Aug 31, 2006
  6. Dee Dee

    Dee Dee Guest

    Hi H,

    Yup, I'm saving my money to buy CS2 for sure ... thanks.

    Dee Dee, Aug 31, 2006
  7. Dee Dee

    Dee Dee Guest

    Hey Dave,

    Hmm??? Well, I love Illustrator .. and that's what I learned on .. so think
    I'll stay with that. I'm going to buy CS2 when I get the money together.

    I have heard good things about Corel though .. so someday I might check it
    out. :)

    Dee Dee, Aug 31, 2006
  8. Dee Dee

    Dee Dee Guest

    Yup ... have heard allot about that also ... gonna look at it too.

    Thanks Jean
    Dee Dee, Aug 31, 2006
  9. Dee Dee

    Dee Dee Guest

    Hi Aaron,

    I hear ya ... until I can buy CS2, I'm going to try that .... see how well I
    can do. :)

    Dee Dee, Aug 31, 2006
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    Fishface, Sep 3, 2006
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