Illustrator - Creating stylised images from a photo

Quickly convert a photo to a vector using the trace tools in illustrator
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Instructed by David Newton Design / Graphic Design
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  • Lectures 8
  • Length 40 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 9/2014 English

Course Description

Course for creating a stylised image using Illustrator

In this very short course I will show you how to create stylised images using Illustrator, the course is about 30 mins long. We will look how you can take any image and convert it within Illustrator to vectors and along the way create a stylised form of the original, lots of hady tips to optimise your graphic.

You will learn the following;

  • Placing an image in Illustrator
  • Use clipping paths
  • Learn how the trace tool works
  • Show a few uses for the trace tool

At the end of this course you will easily be able to vector any image into a stylised graphis for use in all your design work.

What are the requirements?

  • Illustrator CS5 or above (I will use CS6)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Placing images in Illustrator
  • Full understanding of the trace tool

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginners to Advanced

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Tracing an Image in Illustrator

A brief intro to the course


Using the trace tool itself

Finishing our logo

Finishing off our vectored graphic

5 questions

Lets see if you were paying attention?


A quick seeya!


Quick bonus for you guys on converting sketches within Illustrator and making sure you convert back to RGB!


In this lesson we will show you how the trace tool can also be used to create accurate clipping masks, very handy for clipping out images, we also look how to refine the mask to prevent edge problems.

Section 2: Student Help FIles
Setting your job up for print RGB to CMYK Conversions
3 pages

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Instructor Biography

David Newton, Teacher, Website and 3D Creative Artist

I have worked professionally in many creative sectors for the last 20+ years, being a creative veteran I have taught to advanced level Design, Art, Sculpture, 3D Modelling/Animations/Rendering and Website design.

I have worked for small companies giving me the rare opportunity not to be pigeon holed, it has also meant I have had to keep up with all the latest techniques and technologies.

I currently run a company specialising in multi-disciplined creative design, from 3D animations to CMS websites, Banners, Adverts, Logos and a whole host of other work.

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