Tutorial: Vectorizing an image

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Tutorial: Vectorizing an image

Turning a photo into an illustration in Illustrator

Step 1
First, place a high-contrasted image (high-key image, in this case my model Iva) into Illustrator work area.

Step 1

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

Step 3
Use your imagination, draw something that you imagine, not just what you see.

Step 3

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 4

Step 5
Make some basic elements like simple flowers, leaves, circles and stains.

Step 5

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 for 1$ at Shutterstock.

Step 6


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