Vector Design – Using Adobe Photoshop CS

When you think of Vector design, cialis one does not need to rely on Adobe Illustrator to trace the image. Using the trusted Adobe Photoshop, view you can achieve the similar effect of a Vector Graphic by manipulating the Polygonal/Magnetic Lasso Tool and apply colour via using the Paint Bucket tool.

Firstly, look select an image ( a person, flower or an animal) and crop the unnecessary elements out of the selected picture. With the image in mind, magnify the image to 200% to 300%, ignoring the pixelated edges. This ensures that you can use the lasso tool to line the edges of the image as accurately as possible, as well as to draw the different sections that would require different colours. With that, once the image is back to 100%, the vector image would seem impeccable without any stray lines or colour out of focus.

Secondly, add layers upon the image to build on the colours from the darkest to the lightest shade. Using the Polygonal/Magnetic Lasso Tool, trace the outline of the image and fill in the first base colour on this new layer. This ensures that once we hide the real image, only the vectored image would be seen, without any gaps or empty spaces. Continue to define smaller areas, adding a base colour for the hair of the human, the face of the man, the clothing and the arm on a different layer each, ensuring that any mistake can be easily rectified by deleting a layer, without destroying the entire graphic.

Thirdly, focus on each section at a time, giving attention to even smaller areas like eyes and nose another new layer. Always hide unnecessary layers so that one can decipher the most accurate opaque colour closest to the real image of eg. the pupil in the eye. Using the Paint bucket tool to fill in the colour of each contour of e.g the lips, starting from the dark red on the entire lips, the light shade on the rounded portion of the lips, an even lighter shade to shown light and the 3D shape of the lips and finally a lightest shade to add the extra gleam on the brightest point on the lips. With a step by step procedure, attend to each body part with delicate care in any order of preference, e.g the strands of hair till the drapery of the clothing.

Lastly, clean, add or substract any colour or line from the finalised vector, saving the image under a transparent background so that the entire compressed image can be manipulated to have a different background or shifted in different positions as a solo graphic on its own. The tutorial is tedious – it requires patience to finish a well done graphic. Beginners may need approximately 4-5 hours but fret not, the feeling of accomplishment is well its worth.

About The Author

Alice Wu is a freelance graphic designer, painter, fine artist, music junkie and a fashion fanatic. Her works are hosted on , and she divulges much of her time in her pursuit for the excellence in the arts.

Fig 1. Adding Layers to vector each specific body part

Fig 2. Using the Eye tool to hide/reveal visible layers

Fig 3. Choosing a transparent background when creating a new file