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Can any image be turned into a vector? (See details)

Asked by ANef_is_Enuf (26784points) February 6th, 2011

I have absolutely no experience with vectors. I’m drawing up a graphic for a new company, and I’d like to ultimately have a vector to offer, however I would like to draw it up using Gimp. Can whatever illustration I come up with be converted to a vector? I’m really not sure how this works. Really any tips or tricks would be handy… I’m completely clueless.

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FutureMemory's avatar

Let me know when you figure this out…remember I want you to do up that Boxxy vector thingy for me :)~

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@FutureMemory will do. :) I’m still fairly convinced that you don’t actually need a vector for that, though.

funkdaddy's avatar


If you’re making the image with shapes and paths then it should convert just fine to a vector. In fact I’m pretty sure Gimp lets you output a vector from whatever you draw. It’s been a while since I’ve used it, but it will output .eps files correct? They are sort of a lowest common denominator for vector files that just about anyone should accept.

If you’re going to be doing a lot of this sort of work, a copy of Illustrator might not be a bad idea. There’s also Inkscape which I’ve used in the past and is pretty good.

Worst case scenario, someone with Illustrator or a similar tool can autotrace what you’ve made which will convert it to vectors and give them something to work with. It’s not always as clean and exact as you’d like, but beats scaling a bitmap.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@funkdaddy I’m not sure, never tried .eps, but I will now. I don’t plan on doing a lot of this.. at least not any time in the near future. That’s why I’m aiming for a crash course.
I do not use paths for drawing, however. Is that essential? Please say “no,” because that will totally screw me up. :)

funkdaddy's avatar

Ummm… no?

I’m kidding. It’s not essential, just mentioned it because they’re already stored as vectors, so it’s closer to the final output you’re looking for.

Let us know how it goes.

crisedwards's avatar

Try Vector Magic online. I have used it tons of times. It automatically does the conversion for you and lets you download two converted images for free. It’s a timesaver fo sho.

Silence04's avatar

There are programs that can convert raster files into vector… But they do nor work well, especially if the image has vignettes or any photographic elements. Create it in inkscape/illustrator.

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