vector illustration in photoshop

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by washer, May 2, 2006.

  1. washer macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2004
    im working to make some vector art from a picture of a friend in photoshop.
    do you usually use illustrator for vector right? unfortunatly, this proj is for my digital art class which is photoshop exclusive.
    what is the best way to do this? or different options?
    i have started by blocking out major colors like the jacket, hands, face, sun glasses, and hair by making paths, turning them into selections, and filling them with a solid color. so ive tried to only use paths, but have also used the paint brush for some of the face and hair.
    i gotta say though, inanimate stuff like the sunglasses and jacket look pretty cool, but stuff like his face and hair just look weird. ill try to put it up here tomorrow mourning at school to let you see. and boy has this been hard, i knew that this stuff just looked easy, but it seems amost rediculously hard.
    so are there trade secrets to this art? any other places or resources to look, talk to, tutorial on the web?
    help! im halfway though this project that was due a week and a half ago and im loosing hope!
    thanks in advance
  2. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601


    Feb 27, 2005
    Is that even possible? I don't believe PS can create true vector images. :confused:
  3. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    Right. You could also try the free Inkscape (needs X11 installed). It's not exactly the most feature-filled program, but people do seem to manage to get real work done with it.

    You can sort of do vectors in Photoshop too; use the pen tools, then export the paths to an Illustrator file. That's not an especially useful option if you don't have Illustrator, though :/
  4. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
  5. dogbone macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2005
    S33.687308617200465 E150.31341791152954
    Photoshop is OK ish for simple vector stuff but it's a bit clunky when things get complex. Faking it might be helpful in photoshop by using a posterise filter.
  6. washer thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2004
    the project just calls for drawing something in photoshop, with out the use of pictures. so ive wanted to do a vector before and decided to get smart and do it in photoshop, then get rid of the picture i was tracing so nobodys the wiser.
    should i just give up on this now and draw a stick figure to move on?
    i have always wanted to learn how to do this though, i love the style people can get drawing vector. should i forge through, or submit to defeat and try later with another program?

    ps- ill try to get the pic up tomorrow mourning to show you how ive done so far...
  7. washer thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2004
    ah! thank you so much! that is exactly what i want... just with three guys acting like the 'hear no, see no, speak no evil' monkeys

    ill have to try that tomorrow. i only glanced at the tutorial, should there be any complications with a picture of people instead of one car. i guess the only difference is that there are three of them, and there is a little more detail

    thanks again!
  8. gman71882 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    Houston, Tx
    Any Vector Illustration program will work...
    Adobe Illustrator,
    Macromedia(now Adobe) Freehand
    Corel Draw

    These are Professional versions of sofware used for vector Illustration.

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