A logo can be vectored in two main ways:
1. Creating a vector logo from scratch:
This is the most common way to create a vector logo and involves using a vector graphics editor program such as Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, or CorelDRAW. These programs allow you to create paths, lines, and curves using mathematical equations, which means that the logo can be resized without losing quality.
Here are the basic steps involved in creating a vector logo from scratch:
- Sketch your logo idea by hand. This will help you to get a clear idea of what you want your logo to look like.
- Scan your sketch into your computer.
- Open your vector graphics editor program.
- Trace the outlines of your logo in the program using the pen tool or another line drawing tool.
- Fill in the shapes of your logo using the fill tool.
- Add any text or other details to your logo.
- Export your logo to a vector file format such as SVG, EPS, or AI.
2. Converting a raster logo to a vector logo:
If you already have a raster logo, such as a JPEG or PNG file, you can convert it to a vector logo using a software program or online service. This process is not always perfect, and the quality of the results will vary depending on the complexity of your logo.
Here are some of the most popular methods for converting a raster logo to a vector logo:
- Using a vectorization software program. These programs work by analyzing the shapes and colors in your raster logo and then creating vector paths that represent those shapes. Some popular vectorization software programs include Adobe Illustrator’s Image Trace feature and Vector Magic.
- Using an online vectorization service. There are a number of online services that will convert your raster logo to a vector logo.
- Manually tracing the logo. This is the most time-consuming method, but it can also be the most accurate. To manually trace your logo, you will need to use a vector graphics editor program to trace the outlines of your logo using the pen tool or another line drawing tool.
Here are some additional tips for vectorizing a logo:
- Use a high-resolution raster image. The higher the resolution of your raster image, the better the results of your vectorization will be.
- Simplify your logo. If your logo has a lot of detail, it may be difficult to vectorize accurately. Try to simplify your logo by removing any unnecessary details.
- Use a vectorization software program or online service that allows you to preview the results before you pay for it. This will help you to ensure that you are happy with the quality of the vectorization.
Here are some images to help illustrate the process of vectorizing a logo: