How to convert a small logo into a big one in illustrator?


I have a small old personal logo the biggest would be around (update:: 88x88 original:: ~100x100 pixels (before it starts to look pixelated) so everyone is telling me to convert it to a vector in illustrator but I was wondering how can I keep the same shape (its a old simple cutout) to become a smooth lets say 500x500px (or bigger...)

basically I like it to stay (look) as much as it did in a PSD just bigger so I can make a wallpaper out of it without looking blurred and pixelated.

PS: I have never used illustrator before.

edit: Here is what I wanted to make but bigger (the max dimensions are 88x88)


PPS: It doesn't have to be with gradient and shades I just want to convert it into a blank (dark or white) vector so it can be scaled down or up without making it look pixelated.

7/2/2014 10:37:00 PM

In this instance, I'd redraw it by hand.

They are basic simple shapes and the aspects you may be trying to preserve, such as the gradient, bevel, drop shadow, will not translate well to tracing.

Redrawing the shapes, adding a gradient fill and a gradient stroke (to simulate the bevel and emboss effect), then duplicating to create the solid drop shadow would be easier than any automated method. The most difficult aspect may be familiarity with Illustrator itself.

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7/2/2014 11:23:00 PM