Creating Colored Vector Art from Illustrations

By February 7, 2013Design
Franny Bolsa

Draw by hand, scan and bring into Illustrator

1. Create a black and white illustration being careful to close objects completely as you draw.

vector artwork

2. Scan the artwork as a high resolution file (I prefer tiff images)

3. Open in Adobe Illustrator or other vector software.

4. Use the trace command to create the vector artwork and then use the expand command to break the image into sections.

5. Select the image and ungroup.

6. Using the paint tool – click on an individual area to fill with chosen color.

final colored vector art

7. Continue and save as a vector file.

About Becky Bayne

Becky is an independent graphic designer with over 20 years of experience. She and her husband live outside of Nashville, TN where she enjoys creative photography, gardening, and baking for her family.