Vectorizing Graphics

February 27, 2008

TOPIC LEVEL: Intermediate**
Requirements: CorelDraw X3

In able to create a high quality vectorized graphics, you must have first the following list:

  • CorelDraw 12 or x3 Version
  • Advanced knowledge in Adobe Photoshop. Any version will do.
  • Easy-to-learn in few keyboard commands and mouse-clicks
  • WPM (Words per minute) at least 20 and above…
  • High Imagination and most of all
  • A lot of time
  • Patience…

Patience because you will need spent long hour in doing this thing.

Take note that you must have this requirements before proceeding. Unless you suffer on its consequences.

1. To create a new document, just press Ctrl + N or File – New.

2. To place a graphic in your document, press Ctrl + I or File – Import.

Figure 1.1 – Importing Image

3. You will notice a dragable text beside your cursor. To drop the image, just press Enter. Press P to center the image.


4. Now, click the image. Press Alt C + Enter + Enter. In can also be found in menu bar. Select Effects – Adjust – Contrast Enhancement. This will opens the Contrast Enhancement Dialog Box.


5. You can adjust the Gamma Adjustment in some of your graphics soon. But as of now, let the default settings rules. Just press Enter.

6. You will notice that the graphic you have insert because blurry. This trick is commonly use to make vectorizing more efficient and get a good and high quality graphics.
7. In your left side, proceed to the toolbox and click the Rectangular tool or just press F6.
8. Now create a box exactly with the shape of your image.

Note: Because the image is black, we can’t see how our rectangle that is outside the image. So we need to change it’s color. Follow this steps:

9. Click the Pick toolpicktool.jpg to select the created box.

10. Proceed to the bottom right of the window. Double-click the Outline Color.


Note: Do not attempt to double the Status Bar, because this will transfer Status Tool Bar to transfer above the Standard Toolbar.

Figure 1.2 – Status Bar

11. This will open the Outline Pen Dialog Box. Select Color and choose a color you want and press Enter.


Note: The color must be light in order to be seen when tracing images. You will notice that the RED is not actually red in color. It is because, this tool is uses CMYK mode. This mode reverts the color red to orange. Meaning its equivalent color value when the image is inverted.

12. Now let us start vectorizing our image. Click the Shape Tool shapetool.jpg or just press F10.

13. Right click on the square and select Convert to Curves or just press Ctrl + Q.


14. Now drag the edge of the box downwards. It look like this.


15. Click the Zoom Tool or just press Z to maximize your view. This makes your graphic easy to manipulate.


16. Align the box to the circle. Drag it exactly to the position of the circle.


17. Double-click one part of the line and drag it to edge of the image shapes. In this example, our image is slanted so we must also slanted our box to its edge. After you double click it, it created a green line.


18.You will notice that the image is slanted, so our box must be slanted also. Now right click on the center of the line you created and select To Curves.


19. You will notice the line got arrows on its both edge centered line. This makes the line curvy. Drag the centered line to the edge of the slanted image.


20. Follow steps 7-19. If you notice some point wasn’t align with the shape you can drag the Smooth Arrow. Figure 1.3 shows the Smooth Arrow looks. Hand tool handtool.jpg in ables you to explore and handle your document.

Figure1.3 – Smooth Arrow…

21. When done, you have something like this.


Note: Due to lack of disk space of my hard disk, I just summarized this tutorial. You must a advance skills in photo editing using Adobe Photoshop before you proceed in this topic. Because this so very complicated for beginners. Eventhough I’m the webmaster, i have difficulties in creating to share this tutorials. But I hope, this may help thee…

So long, net lovers!


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