In the Raster vs Vector thread Damon says that when looking for a logo designer to ensure that the final file is vector based but obviously the logo I designed above isn't. Is it possible to convert it to vector based or do I have to start it all again. Most of it was designed in illustrator except for the bevel and shadows which I did by exporting to photoshop. Is everything done in illustrator vector including gradients. The more I learn the more confused I get...:icon_Wall:
With regards to the raster image, I am sure there is a function in Illustrator CS3 to convert this to vector, I think it is called "live trace", alternatively if you are using an older version than CS3 then Col posted a link to something that does the same, although I have not tried it personally. To be honest I'm not 100% sure how good the outcome will be on either as it depends on the image you are converting:
As long as the raster image used is high resolution (300dpi - 600dpi) then it will still scale pretty well and be o.k for most things such as flyers, letterheads, business cards etc etc, however, if your customer wants their van or lorry sign written then you will struggle with what you have, infact some printers of certain products can only use vector based artwork.
I do indeed have Illustrator CS3 so will have a go using live trace. I assume it should end up looking the same?
I have approached my boss with the idea of this new logo and if he were to go ahead with it, yes, vehicles would display it so therefore would have to convert it. (He's tight though so can't see it happening :icon_biggrin
I think you will struggle to get Live Trace to give you a good vector of your Raster Logo.
(edit) just tried it myself using the one you posted on imagebucket and I can't get a good representation at all (edit)
With practice and over time you will soon be able to recreate a lot of effects you can do in Photoshop using Illustrator. Will save you a lot of hassle in the long run importing and exporting graphics :icon_thumbup: