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Creating vector artwork from a photo

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Jul 06, 2020

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Hi all,

I am trying to take the .jpeg picture of the white car and turn it in to the style of the vector blue car. Any input or thoughts of how to create this style of look would be greatly appreciated. 

Thank you!

 

betty 1.jpgSample idea.jpg

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Correct answer by Doug A Roberts | Adobe Community Professional

How I would approach this:

1. Trace over the car in as much detail as you think you need to achieve your style. This is the most tedious part. Once finished, adjust lineweights to suit. Keep the overall outline as one continuous path.

2. Make your first layer a line art layer. Duplicate it. On the bottom layer only, remove strokes from your drawing and make it into a live paint group. Colour it in the basic colours you want to use. Use a palette of Global swatches for this, so you can change the colours later.

3. Make another layer in between the first two. This is your 'shading' layer. On this layer, use the live paint selection tool to copy elements from the live paint group, paste them, then use gradients and/or blends and meshes in those shapes. Use black, white & greys only in the gradients, and use different opacities and blending modes to affect the colours underneath. This will mean you can change the underlying colour using the Global swatches and the overall appearance of the shading will not be affected.

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Creating vector artwork from a photo

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Hi all,

I am trying to take the .jpeg picture of the white car and turn it in to the style of the vector blue car. Any input or thoughts of how to create this style of look would be greatly appreciated. 

Thank you!

 

betty 1.jpgSample idea.jpg

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Correct answer by Doug A Roberts | Adobe Community Professional

How I would approach this:

1. Trace over the car in as much detail as you think you need to achieve your style. This is the most tedious part. Once finished, adjust lineweights to suit. Keep the overall outline as one continuous path.

2. Make your first layer a line art layer. Duplicate it. On the bottom layer only, remove strokes from your drawing and make it into a live paint group. Colour it in the basic colours you want to use. Use a palette of Global swatches for this, so you can change the colours later.

3. Make another layer in between the first two. This is your 'shading' layer. On this layer, use the live paint selection tool to copy elements from the live paint group, paste them, then use gradients and/or blends and meshes in those shapes. Use black, white & greys only in the gradients, and use different opacities and blending modes to affect the colours underneath. This will mean you can change the underlying colour using the Global swatches and the overall appearance of the shading will not be affected.

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Jul 07, 2020

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It's just lots of hard, often tedious work of drawing/ tracing teh individual areas and lines and applying suitable fills and strokes. Really nothing magic to it and clearly one of those cases where in addition to the mere technical process in AI an understanding of traditional painting to get the shading right would help immensely.

 

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How I would approach this:

1. Trace over the car in as much detail as you think you need to achieve your style. This is the most tedious part. Once finished, adjust lineweights to suit. Keep the overall outline as one continuous path.

2. Make your first layer a line art layer. Duplicate it. On the bottom layer only, remove strokes from your drawing and make it into a live paint group. Colour it in the basic colours you want to use. Use a palette of Global swatches for this, so you can change the colours later.

3. Make another layer in between the first two. This is your 'shading' layer. On this layer, use the live paint selection tool to copy elements from the live paint group, paste them, then use gradients and/or blends and meshes in those shapes. Use black, white & greys only in the gradients, and use different opacities and blending modes to affect the colours underneath. This will mean you can change the underlying colour using the Global swatches and the overall appearance of the shading will not be affected.

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