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Old 05-30-2008, 01:02 AM
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Question Converting Bitmap to Vector 2 Tone Art?

Hi all!

I am doing the backprint for my next CD package and would like to do something that looks like the attached image.

Basically it looks like an image that has been vectorized and is colored in 2 tones. I tried to do a live trace in Adobe Illustrator and just change the colors, but I can't seem to do it this way.

Does anyone know of a tutorial that I can view or read that can show me how to convert a bitmap image into a 2 tone vectorized image? Or if it's something that can be done in Photoshop, I'd love to hear about it.

Thanks!
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Old 05-30-2008, 02:43 AM
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Re: Converting Bitmap to Vector 2 Tone Art?

Hi Nat,
First you MUST open the image in Illustrator as a .psd, so if it’s a jpg or whatever open it in Photoshop and save it as a psd and then open in illustrator. Click on the selection tool (top tool, black arrow) and click on the image. Now under the object menu select live trace and tracing options. You’ll have to play with the settings. Use 2 colors for max colors, Mode is color, small or no blur, depending on your image resolution you want a pretty low number in minimum area. Now hit trace. Play with the results and retrace till your happy.
Now go object , live paint. Pick the live paint bucket from the tools and select the color you want from the color pallet and start filling in your image. If too much fills in at one time you’ll have to start over with live trace to make the selections smaller. When you have your two colors all filled in you can play with color variations by clicking on the little color wheel under the color guide. Drag the selection circles around and your image will update on the fly. When your done you'll rasterize to turn it back to a picture (pixel based image) and save in whatever format you choose.
Hope this helps. BTW, diggin the red hair.

Added a photo I converted just now, has a couple problems one is it's 3am an it's sloppy. (If you don't color every square inch you will have black or white creep in).
Second it's old and low resolution. It's an old pic of Marilyn.
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Old 05-30-2008, 12:11 PM
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Re: Converting Bitmap to Vector 2 Tone Art?

You could make a high-key image of the face - most everything is made white except for some of the eyes, lips, hair, nose. Then color it the way you want.

Desaturate, pull way up in curves, levels, paint away stuff...
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Old 05-30-2008, 02:55 PM
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Re: Converting Bitmap to Vector 2 Tone Art?

Hi Natalie, here are a couple of things to try that might produce the kind of results you are looking for.
1. Image>Mode>Indexed. Start with the colors at 3 and increment one at a time. This maywill both attentuate the detail as well as reduce the colors (3 == B&W). If you find what you like and there are too many colors, you can converty the mode to Duotone.

2. Filter> Artistic followed by Image> Mode> Duotone may also be a solution.

Regards, Murray
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Re: Converting Bitmap to Vector 2 Tone Art?

Hi Everyone!

OK I am going to experiment with this tonight and see how it works out.

Thanks for all the super ways to tackle it.

crazyfly1: thanks for the props on the hair color. I am really loving it.
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Re: Converting Bitmap to Vector 2 Tone Art?

The first thing you might want to do is convert your photo into a threshold. From there make a selection. Go to the paths palette, click the icon that will change the selection to a path. Once it is a path, you can create a shape and save it as such. Shapes are vector (Bezier curves). Voila' almost instant vector graphic.

If this is almost as clear as mud, pm me and I will try to give more comprehensive directions.

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Old 06-05-2008, 02:35 AM
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crazyfly1:

I just tried your method and the result is pretty good. I would like a bit more detail as it barely looks like I have a nose right now, so I'm wondering how to get a bit more fine detail. Do you know how I can do that?

I'm going to try the other methods also.

Posted is my result with the method you gave me.

Thanks everyone for the help. I look forward to getting this to work!
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Old 06-05-2008, 02:50 AM
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Hi Natalie, here are a couple of things to try that might produce the kind of results you are looking for.
1. Image>Mode>Indexed. Start with the colors at 3 and increment one at a time. This maywill both attentuate the detail as well as reduce the colors (3 == B&W). If you find what you like and there are too many colors, you can converty the mode to Duotone.

2. Filter> Artistic followed by Image> Mode> Duotone may also be a solution.

Regards, Murray
Murray,

I'm still trying to figure out your Dutone method, it's greyed out for me for some reason.

Here are the results with index mode... and it looks very funny on my screen in PS, but sort of normal when I make it smaller. Any reason that that might happen?

Thanks!
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Old 06-05-2008, 02:57 AM
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You could make a high-key image of the face - most everything is made white except for some of the eyes, lips, hair, nose. Then color it the way you want.

Desaturate, pull way up in curves, levels, paint away stuff...
Smak, for some reason I lose my nose completely when I do that and it doesn't look as vectorish as I'd like.

Any ideas?
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The first thing you might want to do is convert your photo into a threshold. From there make a selection. Go to the paths palette, click the icon that will change the selection to a path. Once it is a path, you can create a shape and save it as such. Shapes are vector (Bezier curves). Voila' almost instant vector graphic.

If this is almost as clear as mud, pm me and I will try to give more comprehensive directions.

Janet
Janet- look for a PM, I'd really like to try your method.
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