How do I do this? Color image to silhouette/stencil image?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by alm99, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. alm99 macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2008
    Anyone know how to make a silhouette of drawing via illustrator or inkscape? I want to know how to do the picture attached, how did they go from the color image to the decal?

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  2. hobbbz macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2005
    The only way to do it well enough for a decal is to redraw it in illustrator, of course you can import the photo as a guide, but in the end, you have to redraw it.
  3. alm99 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2008
    Really? Trace the lines with my mouse and pencil tool?
  4. citizenzen macrumors 65816

    Mar 22, 2010
    Use the Pen tool.

    It shouldn't take that long.

    Kids these days... they want everything done for them. :rolleyes:
  5. alm99 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2008
    Lol, what I wouldn't give to be a kid again......31.
  6. nkmo. macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2010
    Either put it on a separate layer and trace it with the pen tool. Or print it out and use tracing paper and a pen, then scan it back in. Neither option is very time consuming.
  7. ezkimo macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2002
    Or potentially use Live Trace in Illustrator to get a base and then refine.
  8. Ray Manorak macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2010
    My little tip is you can make the layer with the drawing on in illustrator a 'template' from the drop down menu and then draw in outline mode which is way easier to see what you're doing. It's easy enough to draw with the pen tool. Plus shapes tools plus pathfinder when possible.
    Live trace never gives me the right results i find.

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