Post # 1
I recently read Mrs. Fox’s inspiring post about getting a custom
graphic for her guestbook, and now I’m wondering if (and how) I can
create something awesomely unique for my bestie.
She has her heart set on save-the-dates with this infographic format
I’m wanting to create a little icon for her venue, the aquarium in
Newport, KY. Here are a few photos of the outside:
I’ve read Mrs. Flamingo’s tutorial, and attempted it, but I’m thinking
I need to somehow make the image simpler before using these steps.
Can some tell me if this is possible? And possibly give me a few
pointers? (if it can’t be done, I’ll also appreciate an honest answer
to that effect as well)
Thanks so much in advance
Post # 3
“Mrs. Flamingo’s tutorial” is a dead link, so could you re-post it?
I’m not sure I understand the question (is this a “bit map” versus “vectors” thing?) but the right link will help!
Post # 4
Yes I’m confused about your question as well. A vector image is one that has to be created in specific programs, they are shapes you can adjust to any size without loss of data. You could easily recreate that image as long as you know what you’re doing.
Is that what you meant?
Also, I feel as a Graphic Designer I should mention that I don’t agree with directly copying someone’s design..
Post # 5
The program you would want to use to “vectorize” an image would probably be Adobe Illustrator. I work in advertising and that is the program we use, at least.
So you want to “vectorize” the…aquarium? As in the building itself? It might look a little confusing as a logo of sorts, if you consider the shapes. And without a background reference (like the sky, sidewalk, plants, etc) it might be even more difficult to understand as a symbol.
I’d suggest maybe the Newport Aquarium shark with the words “Newport Aquarium” underneath or something.
Post # 6
@paula1248: Okay I tried editing the link but it still doesn’t work. Here it is: http://www.weddingbee.com/2008/07/20/vectorizing-crash-course-101/
@Izzypig: Maybe vectorizing isn’t exactly what I want to do…but basically I wanted like a black and white drawing of the building. Based on the audience of 95% of people receiving the STD having been there and the words Newport, KY next to it, I’m pretty sure people would recognize the building. Although maybe (and also if I can’t come up with a simple image from the photos) I will just go with the shark.
@misskittenn: I’m not at all wanting to copy someone else’s design. It’s just going to be a flow chart with icons/symbols for different events. They’re not going to be laid out the same or have the same wording. That link is just one of the many examples that she’s pinned on the pinterest board to show the concept I’m going for.
Thanks a bunch for your advice and interest in helping me!
Post # 7
@graceMOH: If I’m understanding what you are looking for, you want to turn the color image into a black and white line drawing/clipart that could be used in the flow chart. I don’t know about using the computer to do this, but what I would try is printing the first image of the aquarium. Take a piece of tracing paper, and trace out the lines of the drawing, and then scan the traced image back into the computer. It would give you the simpler, cleaner image you want and still be easily recognizable .
Post # 8
Is this kind of what you’re looking for…? The Live Trace function isn’t going to work well on a full color photo.
Post # 9
@Westwood: Oh my goodness. That’s exactly what I was trying to do!!! Thanks so much!
@nikkialys: Thank you for these instructions. I did try this and it turned out much better than my previous attempts, but nothing like Westwood‘s awesome image!