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Aug 20, 2020

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Super new to AI and still feeling very lost.  So far, I'm just working on converting images (5-10 mb) to a vector/svg file.  When I do, the file size goes to 45-55 mb.  I'm still using another program (Inkscape) for my designs because I can only handle a few new things at a time. 🙂

  • I've tried to shrink the size of my image prior to turning into a vector and I lose too much quality.
  • I've shrunk my image after turning it into a vector (500 px) before saving and it's still 45+mp
  • I've tried saving as a compressed svg and ai and eps but they are still large files and don't work correctly with my other program.

I'm not sure what to try next.  Thank you.

Tonya

 

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Convert to Vector HUGE file size

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Super new to AI and still feeling very lost.  So far, I'm just working on converting images (5-10 mb) to a vector/svg file.  When I do, the file size goes to 45-55 mb.  I'm still using another program (Inkscape) for my designs because I can only handle a few new things at a time. 🙂

  • I've tried to shrink the size of my image prior to turning into a vector and I lose too much quality.
  • I've shrunk my image after turning it into a vector (500 px) before saving and it's still 45+mp
  • I've tried saving as a compressed svg and ai and eps but they are still large files and don't work correctly with my other program.

I'm not sure what to try next.  Thank you.

Tonya

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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[Moderator moved from Using the Community (forum help) to Illustrator].

 

Raster images are pixel based.  Vectors are math path based.  Simply converting raster (pixels) to vector (math) seldom works as expected.   OPTION 1: Create vectors in the first place and save as .ai, .eps or .svg files.  OPTION 2: Trace over the raster image in Illustrator thus creating a whole new vector graphic.

 

See this 15 min video from PiXimperfect.  It's 4 years old but still relevant I think.

 

Also see this:

https://www.stickermule.com/blog/how-to-use-image-trace-in-adobe-illustrator

 

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
Alt-Web Design & Publishing

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Explorer ,
Aug 21, 2020

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Thanks.  This is not what I'm doing.  I have large photographs that I'm turning into vectors.

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The question this always brings up for me is: do you really need to? What are you hoping to gain?

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Yes.  I am creating designs out of images, using various dogs (some not great photos) and making merchandise.  

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At the size anyone is going to look at that, the information is much more efficiently conveyed in pixel images. Is there some reason you need vector files?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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"I have large photographs that I'm turning into vectors."

That will never work, sorry.  Photographs cannot be converted to usable vector graphics.  There are simply too many colors (16 million) and & ill defined paths for proper vector output.  

 

Stick with JPG for photos.  Use vectors for flat images containing less than 20 colors. Vectors are ideal for icons, logos, branding, infographics, character animator puppets, comics, drawings, illustrations and text.

 

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
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Explorer ,
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Thank you.  Super disappointed as I've had this process done by artists and even came to me as ai files. It's the only reason I even purchased this program. 😞

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Artists will often redraw, using their skill and experience, a photo. Just as they could do it on paper. No way you can replace a skilled artist with a button-click solution. 

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Hello.
I opened the file you attached in Illustrator.
It appears to have been "Image Trace" and not "Expanded".
The expanded file is now 7.4MB.

https://shared-assets.adobe.com/link/dc0469b0-d340-4230-443c-5abde1d316c5 

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Thanks. It still seems excessively large and it ties up my programs.  It's still trying to open even in AI.  😞  I have had artists created vector images for me from images and the file size I received is always in the kb.  Can you also remove my image since it says public?  Thank you.

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But, the expand is very helpful in my learning. 🙂

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I don't think it's possible to make your presented work that small of a file size.
I was able to get it down to about 4.1MB by changing the tracing settings.
Furthermore, you can make it smaller by simplifying the path, but you will lose a lot of detail.

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Explorer ,
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Thank you.  I will have to keep playing.  I've had artists create vectors (some actually came as ai files) of my dogs. Always under MB And detailed.  Sigh

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Explorer ,
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Can you take me through the steps I need to save/export the file as an svg? I wasn't expanding the image, which now I know I need to do that.  But then what?  What steps to save to my computer to open in another program?  Thank you so much.,

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Those image trace workflow always create big files.

You can optimize them by reduce the anchor point amount with the Simplify command or usind a third party plugin like VectorFirstAid (Super Smart Remove).

However, if what you like is the look of these types of images and their weight is a limiting factor, it is best to rasterize the initial result again.

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Generally, the only purpose to convert big photos to vectors is to print them on VERY big size (e.g. to cover a house wall). In any other case you can add any vector details above the raster image.
If you mainly work in Inkscape, you can just export your designs to AI or EPS or PDF formats and open in AI.

the works of other artist might be of 2 kinds:

1. It was drawn manually, decreasing the amount of colors and details, by comparison with the real photos;

2. Tracing photo with "Low fidelity Photo" or, saying, "16-colors" option.

In any case, tracing the photos will generate too many separate objects with a great amount of anchor points. The vector file size depends on the points amount, so traced photo will be always too big to use it simply.

If you generally work with tablet, you could place the photo as template (you will find this option in the Place window) and draw only needed details using Blob Brush tool. You can adjust it like any drawing tool (size, shape, angle) and change the color (or gradient) any moment. This case you will have only really needed details. And after finishing the work, you can delete the template. File will be much smaller and more editable.

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Make a New Photoshop Document and Add a Background. Make another Photoshop archive by choosing File, New. ...

Utilize the Brush Tool to Add Fun Elements to Your Photoshop Logo. ...

Add Text to Your Photoshop Logo. ...

At the point when we are sparing the record unexpectedly (File > Save… or File > Save As… ) this opens Illustrator's alternatives discourse box. To altogether lessen the document size, untick Create PDF Compatible File and tick Use Compression.

Such choice of choices decreases the document size altogether. In the model we probed a mind boggling vector stock picture.

Utilizing the Create PDF Compatible File alternative might be required in certain territories of plan. For this situation, select it during the last spare (File > Save As… ), when the work will be totally prepared. Additionally Create PDF Compatible File alternative will assist you with recouping Illustrator records after an accident. Nonetheless, this recuperation isn't essential on the off chance that you use Autosaviour module, which can make a reinforcement duplicate of the document.

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https://guitarindemand.com/

 

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
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