Dreamr Lab Sessions #5 | Vectorize a Logo Image in Illustrator with Nico Riccione

Jul 12, 2021 2 min read
Dreamr Lab Sessions #5 | Vectorize a Logo Image in Illustrator with Nico Riccione

Dreamr's Lead Illustrator, Nico Riccione, shares a quick and easy method to vectorize a logo image on Adobe Illustrator.

DOWNLOAD THE STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE HERE
DOWNLOAD PROJECT ASSETS HERE TO FOLLOW ALONG

Let's begin!

STEP 01: CREATE NEW DOCUMENT

You can either drag and drop your image in Illustrator, or you can go to File > New to create a canvas. In this example, I created a 12.5”x17.5” canvas size because that is the standard size for a t-shirt design, but essentially, you can create any size canvas. Side note: a vectorized image can be scaled to any size and won’t lose image quality.

STEP 02: IMPORT LOGO IMAGE

You can either drag & drop your logo into the doc or select File > Place (shift + command + ‘P’) to select the image you want to vectorize.

STEP 03: IMAGE TRACE

With your image selected, click on the drop-down arrow by the Image Trace button at the top, and select Silhouettes. You may also play with the other settings as they all accomplish the same purpose, but for this simple exercise, we will choose Silhouettes.

STEP 04: EXPAND + EDIT

Once you are happy with the Image Trace, click on the Expand button to make the shape editable. Before you change the color, make sure you Convert to RGB (for digital design) or Convert to CMYK (for print design). In this exercise, we will Convert to RGB.

STEP 05: CHANGE THE COLORS!

After you have Converted to RGB colors, you can double-click the foreground color to choose a different color; you can choose a gradient too by selecting the middle icon which activates the gradient effect. Have fun with it!

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