Converting marker and watercolor art to Illustrator/Vector?


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Hi everyone. I have been playing around with watercolor and marker lettering lately. I know how to turn them digital in Photoshop while keeping the natural watercolor and permanent marker textures.

I see a lot of watercolor/marker style logos and I was wondering how they were converted to vector while keeping those textures (if so). Whenever I take them into Illustrator, it completely fills the artwork. I am mainly worried about issues with scaling and blurring with Photoshop vs having no restriction to size in Illustrator. Image trace with a high fidelity photo option seems to work, but I wanted to know if there was an alternative I haven't figured out.

Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks.

8/20/2015 1:32:00 PM

One way to do it would be to scan the watercolor or marker illustration in at the highest resolution possible and create a tracing. You would essentially end up with something like a stippled drawing. The vector illustration would be incredibly complex (hundreds of thousands of points and shapes) but you'd be able to reproduce it in one color and then shift that color as desired. I'd imaging the default color being gray (if you want it to look like what you posted above). Printer's would hate this logo file though, way to complex and the shapes would probably bleed together.

Another approach would be to use the watercolor or ink drawing as inspiration and meticulously create a stippling or complex multi-shade illustration.

I would not use transparency in the vector illustration, you might as well use a bitmap if you're going to do that.

11/2/2014 4:35:00 AM