Vectorizing a photo

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Mal, Dec 23, 2006.

  1. Mal
    macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    I asked about this in one of the desktop threads, but I want a little more detail, so here goes.

    I have a couple photos I want to vectorize, not completely photorealistically, but like the movie A Scanner Darkly, or the commercials that have come out recently in the same style. I don't have Adobe Illustrator, which was recommended in the other thread, although I could get a demo I guess, but I do have both Macromedia Freehand and Seashore, an open-source vector editor. Has anyone tried to accomplish this effect in either of those two programs, and is it something that's very difficult to accomplish? I don't mind spending a day or two working on it, but I'm not exceptionally skilled so I'm not too sure about my potential for results if the software doesn't help me out a bit. Also, I have a tablet, would that be a good idea to use that?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2005
    S33.687308617200465 E150.31341791152954
    You can do it in photoshop using it's vector tools.

    A simple way to do it would be to give it a bit more contrast then apply a cutout filter. You could then use the pen to trace the areas, or you could even select the flat areas with the magic want tool and convert the selcections to vectors which would allow you to enlarge it.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2006
    Fenton, MO
    You could probably achieve the desired effect with just plugins (also easier).
    Try Artistic > Poster Edges, play around with the settings.

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