How to Convert a Photo into a Vector Using Corel Draw – Part 1

Have you ever seen a cartoon version of someone’s photo? yes on the internet there are lots of photos of someone who resembles a cartoon, that is what we usually know as vector.

A vector image is an image that is formed from several lines or curves that are not influenced by pixels so that when enlarging or zooming the vector image it will not break or we often see boxes.

After you understand the definition of vector and you want to try making it with your own photos, here yiptechid will share a tutorial from one of the vector service websites in Indonesia.

How to Convert a Photo into a Vector Using Corel Draw

  • Open your CorelDraw, then select File – New or use the shortcut Ctrl N
  • Then the Create a New Document window will appear, in this window you are asked to specify a File Name, Worksheet Size, Color Mode, and Render Resolution. For the file name, worksheet size, you are free to choose it. But you need to pay attention to the choice of color mode, for those of you who only want the results to be uploaded to social media or blogs, use the RGB color mode, while for friends who want to print your work in hardfile (screen printing t-shirts, photo paper, etc.) use the CMYK color mode. . Then click Ok
  • Minimize your CorelDraw, to select photos that will be used as cartoon vectors. Click and hold on the photo you choose and then drag it to CorelDraw. To make a photo in the center of the worksheet press P (Note: For those of you who are just learning, we recommend using a High Definition front-facing close up photo).
  • The next step is optional, you can apply it or not. Convert photos to Bitmap, the step is to click on the photo then click the Bitmaps menu – Convert to Bitmap, the Convert to Bitmap window will appear, enter the settings as shown below. The purpose of this step is so that the photo is not too broken / boxy when zooming and it will make your PC’s tasks easier.
  • Now we will enter the Tracing stage or the language is easy to trace. For tracing, there are several tools that you can use, among others: the Pen Tool, the Bezier Tool, and the 3 Point Curve Tool. We use the 3 Point Curve Tool, how to use this tool as follows:
  • Click then Drag to a certain point then, release the click and point your mouse / touchpad to the right, left, up, down to make a curved line, click again to end.
  • So that the image is not shifted anywhere if we shift the wrong way, right-click on the image – Lock Object
  • We start tracing on the veil:
  • Select the results of the tracing of the hood by hovering over the empty space then clicking then dragging until the two objects (Outer Veil and Front Veil) are selected, a menu will appear in the tool bar as shown in Figure 1.11 below, select Trim to cut the outer Object (hijab tracing result) with the inner object (face border), for more clarity. After Trim you can move the object inside but don’t delete it first, the object inside can be used as a basis for tracing faces.
  • Now we’re going to add a little detail to the Veil Object on top. You do this by tracing the folds of the veil and giving it a dark color.
  • To make it easier for friends to colorize, you can combine the objects of the veil folds into one using the Weld Tool, press and hold Shift, then click the objects you want to combine, end by clicking Weld
  • In addition, if there is a veil fold object that exceeds the outer object (hood line) you don’t need to delete it, you can use the Intersect Tool. The trick is to click the outer object (the result of the hood tarcing) then press and hold the Shift key, click the object you want to cut, then select the Intersect Tool, select the object you want to cut again and delete it by pressing Delete.
  • Add more details to the veil by creating a shape around the fold that you made earlier, like this:
  • Then fill the base of the veil with a lighter color than the color of the shape that you created earlier, to make it easier to use the Color Eyedropper Tool to take the color from this shape and then fill in the color to the base shape of the veil. The trick is to click the CET tool (Color Eyedropper Tool) point to the detailed shape of the veil, click then point to the base shape of the veil, click again to color

Later it will be like this

  • To brighten the color, click on the veil shape then press Shift and F11 at the same time, or double-click the box next to the Fill icon in the bottom right corner of your friend’s Coreldraw.
  • In the Uniform Fill window move to the Models column then increase the small box in the color chart box to get a lighter color then click OK.

Here are the results:

in this article it is enough to go to the veil, for the other parts will be discussed in the next article

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