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Turning traditional or digital art into vector art involves a process called vectorization, where you convert the art, which may be in raster (pixel-based) format, into vector (path-based) format. Here's a general guide on how to turn art into vector:

Using Adobe Illustrator:

  1. Scan or Import the Art:

Scan the traditional art or import the digital art into Adobe Illustrator.

If you’re working with a digital file, open it directly in Illustrator.

  1. Image Trace:

Select the art.

Go to the “Object” menu and choose “Image Trace” > “Make” or use the “Image Trace” button in the Control Panel.

Adjust the image tracing settings as needed. You can choose preset options or fine-tune settings manually.

Click “Expand” to convert the traced image into vector paths.

  1. Refinement:

After expanding, you may need to clean up the vector paths. Use the “Direct Selection” tool (white arrow) and the “Pen” tool to refine and simplify paths.

  1. Group and Arrange:

Group related elements together.

Arrange layers and elements to achieve the desired composition.

  1. Save in Vector Format:

Once you’re satisfied with the vectorized art, save it in a vector format like SVG, AI, or EPS.

Using Inkscape (Free and Open Source):

  1. Import the Art:

Open Inkscape.

Import the traditional or digital art using “File” > “Import.”

  1. Trace Bitmap:

Select the art.

Go to “Path” > “Trace Bitmap.”

Adjust the tracing settings and click “OK” to apply.

  1. Edit Paths:

After tracing, you may need to edit and refine the vector paths using Inkscape’s editing tools.

  1. Group and Save:

Group related elements together.

Save the vectorized art in a vector format like SVG.


Adjust Settings: Depending on the complexity of the art, you might need to experiment with the settings to achieve the desired level of detail and accuracy during the vectorization process.

Manual Editing: Vectorization tools may not always produce a perfect result, especially with intricate or detailed art. Manual editing using vector editing tools may be required.

Maintain Layers: If your original art has layers, try to maintain the layer structure during the vectorization process to make further edits easier.

Preserve Original: Always keep a copy of the original art in its original format before vectorization, in case you need to refer back to it.

Vectorization is a powerful technique, but the quality of the result can depend on the complexity of the original art and the tools used. Be prepared to spend some time refining the vector paths to achieve the desired outcome.