I am needing to recreate a decal for someone and only have the attached photos to go off.
The font doesn't seem to exist and I can't find this exact logo online anywhere.
How can I make a vector of the text in this photo so that I can create new decals?
I attempted to image trace, and while it kind of worked, the text was skewed due to the angle of the photo, and the edges came out super wavy.
Any help would be great! Thanks 🙂
Because wildtrak.jpg is the least distorted, I'd recommend opening it up in Photoshop to fix its distortion and then either use Image Trace on it or manually trace it.
In Photoshop, open wildrak.jpg
Then use the result in Illustrator to use Image Trace on it (it may need some cleanup though) or use the Pen tool to manually trace it.
I use "Lens Correctio" in Photoshop for removing distortion, You can try it in Ps. The result is attached. Also try Match Fonts in Ps for finding similar fonts. https://youtu.be/fbBYfYyfv5c
I would not use image trace to recreate this. I would use one of the straightened samples posted above and use the pen tool to create a cleaner final version.
When it comes to vehicle branding materials if I'm in a hurry to get a particular vector-based element sometimes I'll have pretty good luck searching thru PDFs available online. Otherwise I have to get the assets thru more legit channels. Wildtrak is a type of Ford Ranger. It's possible an owner's manual PDF or vehicle brochure might have something that can be snagged.
The logo would be pretty easy to re-create though. I would do it by locking a straight enough image on one layer and then building geometric objects over the top of it. I wouldn't simply trace it by hand using the pen tool. For technical looking logos it is very critical for line work to be straight and consistent. Anything crooked or off axis will be noticeable.
No reason creating by hand would make this crooked if done correctly. Building geometric shapes then combining with pathfinder seems more complicated.
Using geometric shapes will do more to keep things like letter stroke widths consistent and various parts of letters properly aligned.
Not the same, but an older version:
You may find what you are looking for with a longer search.
I'm personally not a fan of the Brands of the World web site. While the site may have some authentic corporate artwork a bunch of the stuff that is uploaded there is fanboy re-creations (some of it decent, some of it pretty horrid). I usually have better luck scouring corporate PDFs and harvesting logos from them. And even that approach has its pitfalls. Ultimately the best approach is getting the company to provide its vector art along with color specifications and use guidelines.
Much more important than the way you reproduce the logo would be a photo in direct top view. Otherwise you will definitely get a distorted result in height and width - no matter how well you straighten the crooked pictures by "eye".
And please remember that logos are usually protected.
My Google search revealed that Wildtrak logo has been updated.
Question, do you need to recreate that logo in vector or just in need of buying a 2023 sticker?
Found a site to purchase that updated logo sticker.