I am new to photoshop. I have an image I am trying to sharpen. The image is just our logo. It is very pixelated and the letters are flat on some sides. I can not figure out how to clear it up. Sharpening it does not smooth the edges. I tried to rastersize it in Illustrator but that just made it worse. Also, when we print it, you can see pixels dotted around the letters.....Help!
Here's a larger version, saved from your website. I would still prefer a vector file over this raster image, as you want to present your best brand image.
Custom shape use vector graphic. Photoshop can place in SVG and AI file as vector smart objects. However Photoshop does not support vector file properly. If you open a SVG file it will open as a raster layer with transparency not vector graphic in you Photoshop document.. A custom shape or shape layers is the best you can do in Photoshop. You can not get at vector path the vector smart object have in Photoshop. You would have to open the object and edit it in AI or some other application that support the vector file properly
I would place the image into Illustrator and lock the layer, then set type on a new layer using the font Hurme Geometric Sans 2 Bold
Then convert the type to outlines and carefully adjust the paths to match the image, turn off or delete the image layer and save as an .ai
If I was forced to use Photoshop, I would do the same thing and go to File> export paths to Illustrator at the end.
Not Everyone here installes AI it requires a lot of knowledge to use and has a huge learning curve. What would do if you did not have AI or know how to use AI.
Using Photoshop to re-create a vector logo is like opening a can of paint with your good wood chisels, it's always best to use the right tool for the job. The original poster indicated he/she is new to Photoshop and we can assume he is also new to Illustrator. If he wants the best outcome from re-creating an important logo, his best option is to learn to use Illustrator, which is certainly no harder to learn than Photoshop IMHO.
The nice folks over at the Illustrator forum would be happy to help him if he gets stuck. If he has a tight deadline, I suggest he consider passing the project over to a pro.
For me the right tool to create Vector Logo is Photoshop for I have it installed and know how to user it well. I do not have AI installed and if I did install it I would not know how to use it. I would only re-create a logo for others that do not have the source files used to create the logo. Photoshop Pen Tool and Text vector tools are not hard to use. If they had Illustrator files like .svg or .ai there would be no reason to re-create the logo for they have vector logo files and they can be placed into Photoshop documents as vector smart objects..
Wow, thank you all for your help!! I learned so much. I was able to find the original jpgs and inserted it into the document I was working with and it worked perfectly. Once again, I appreciate everyone taking time to explain things to me.
Hi, I'm new to Photoshop/Illustrator as well. Can someone help me sharpen and enlarge this image and make the area outside of the logo transparent?