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How to convert a logo to vector?

Discussion in 'Logo Design & Brand Identity Forum:' started by djdany, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. djdany

    djdany New Member

    I am trying to design a logo for my website. I know what I want but cannot create it. Have a look at the attached picture, it is a part of my logo but I want to make it like a vector.. like wings on the second attached picture.

    I know the first picture is low quality but it is just to show you to get idea about what I am saying. (I got a high quality one as well)

    I tried "Live Trace" in Illustrator but did not make it like the wings in the picture. I really do not know what should I do to create what I want.

    Do you think can I create it, if I draw it on the paper and then scan it, and by the "Live Trace" tool in Illustrator, create something like the attached wings. Can it work?

    I generally need some advice about it.

    Attached Files:

  2. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    Your best bet will be to re draw it in illustrator. Its time consuming but that's the nature of the beast!
  3. daytona

    daytona Member

    If you draw it freehand and scan it providing it's black and white with no shading you should have no problems using livetrace. besides that as Bigdave says re-drawing in illustrator is your next best option.

    on a different note i was going to get a tattoo like one of those wings the Sign of the Valkyrie.
    Interested to see how it turns out, post when you're done!
  4. SparkCreative

    SparkCreative Member

    Buy it from shutterstock - the cost will be minimal and it will save you a LOT of hassle.
  5. djdany

    djdany New Member

    Thank you for all your posts.
    As you recomended I used pen tool for creating the wing. I did not use pen tool before that and took 2 hrs to learn how it works.
    Anyway I made it and used it in my new logo but unfortunately the result is not what I look for.
    Anyway have a look at the attached picture and tell me what you think about my wing and also my logos.

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  6. whitecliffsprint

    whitecliffsprint New Member

    @ SparkCreative - yeah, i agree, best way for it, will save so much time and effort and sleep and coffee :)

    if not, i personally find coreldraw better than illustrator, its bezier tool is epic

    VLAHAKISA Member

    Just buy the vector

    If you aren't sufficiently skilled as an illustrator to create the wings you would like, I agree that you should simply stock purchase the vector wings you want.

    Many stock agencies are extremely low cost, such as Istockphoto and Dreamstime.

  8. spottypenguin

    spottypenguin Active Member

    Funnily enough I used to live and breathe Coreldraw and wouldn't touch Illy. Then I had to use Illy in a job and, in my opinion, it squits all over Corel. I personally think once you get your head round using the pen tool and the Pathfinder it is more intuitive than Corel. Hey de ho :icon_biggrin:
  9. john watters

    john watters Member

    Live Trace

    I tried a live trace option of the Wings you posted, worked well, you can adjust thresholds to achieve what you
    require. However by live tracing a Fotalia image, you are contravening copyright, so beware.
  10. taklamakan

    taklamakan New Member

    Live Trace

    Live Trace feature in Illustrator or other vector-based programs does not work well with poor resolution images with many details and different colours/shadows. I recommend to get used to illustrator or for example coreldraw and draw everything manually. It takes time but doing this many times and practising you will become real illustrator able to draw something quickly using curves/pen tools. This is very high level skill m8!
  11. djdany

    djdany New Member

    Thank you for your post my friend, I am happy to hear that pen tools is a professional tool because before this project I had no idea about this tool, but as I really wanted to design this wing, I spent a few hours to learn and then designed the wing 3 times until I got what I wanted.

    And this is the outcome:

    Attached Files:


    ARRIVALS Well-Known Member

    I recently did a logo that incorporated a set of feathered wings like this. The best way to get an exact copy is using the pen tool. Once you have every feathered piece you can do what you like with them. Roughen up the edges, add some gradients, whatever you like.

    As everyone said, that does take time. Alot of time, but it's worth it when it's done.

    If you're not comfortable with the pen tool then practice. I learned in my 1st year of uni, by finding flat cartoons with block colours, and simply going over them and reproducing them. By doing this you'll learn how the pen tool works, how to edit points, lines, etc.
  13. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    And if you don't have one, get a drawing tablet! they're great! :)
  14. Cartoon Logos

    Cartoon Logos Member

    This is a basic vector version of the wing on the left, I suppose it depends what level of detail you require for a logo?


    Basic black version
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2011
  15. Cartoon Logos

    Cartoon Logos Member

    This looks great :)

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