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Image to Vector in Photoshop
Tutorials Photo Effects 62822 Views June 9th, 2013

Learn how to create vector photo effect out of any image, clipart, graphics. You can obtain vector ink photo effects in just a few simple steps. I am planning to automate these steps into a Photoshop action that you can easily use and customize. In the meantime you can use Photoshop adjustments and filters like Photocopy and Threshold to create this vector effect.


In this tutorial I am going to show you a simple way to create a image to vector effect using any photo/image/graphics/etc. In the next tutorial I am going to show you how simple it is to turn from photo to vector shape in Photoshop. So let's start with this girl stock image; you can use any image you want but if you want to create vector silhouetts the best are the photos with white/black background. Or better still you can use cutout images.

Duplicate this layer and call the layers Girl 1 Layer and Girl 2 Layer. You can also keep a copy of the original layer. Go to Image>Adjustments and use the Threshold adjustment for the Girl 1 Layer. Set the level depending on your photo size, details, etc.

Set the foreground color black and the background color white. Go to Filter>Sketch and use the Photocopy filter for the Girl 2 Layer.

Set the blend mode of the Girl 2 Layer to Multiply and merge the two layers.

Use again the Threshold adjustment for the new created layer.

For a smooth edge result you can go to Filter>Stylize and choose Diffuse

This is how you can convert image to vector effect. You can now use the Paint Brush, color black to close the gaps and to use the Paint Bucket Tool if you want to add color. I have also added a vector sunburst using these free sunburst brushes to create a vector comics background. A similar technique I have used in one of my oldest tutorials on how to create a comic book effect in Photoshop

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Custom Shape Creator - Make Vector in Photoshop

This set contains 1 layerd PSD file that will allow you to create a vector shape silhouette out of any photo/graphics/image. The pack also contains a Photoshop action that you can use to create custom shapes.

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9 comment(s) for "Image to Vector in Photoshop"

7:02 AM Sunday, June 09, 2013
Hi Michael,

I will show you how to create a vector shape out of any photo/image. It is quite a simple technique to create custom shapes and silhouettes using images. So stay tuned! reply
2:26 AM Wednesday, June 12, 2013
hola, esto solo se puede con una foto que no tenga fondo?? osea si tiene fonto que pasa igual se vectorisa??


Hi, this vector effect can be made we a photo that has a background? How can I create a vector portrait from an image that has a background? reply
2:32 AM Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Hi Jeff,

you can create the effect using an image that has a background with lots of elements; you will obtain a vector effect of the background as well.
If you want to obtain only the vector portrait you will have to remove the background. Here are some tutorials that will show you how to remove the background in Photoshop using Selection Tools. reply
1:30 AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Very nice result and easy to create too! Can I convert it to vector like custom shape for example? reply
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8:34 AM Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Such a wonderful tut out there! I appreciate the effort you have put to make this creative resource and share here with us.. Thumbs up for your creative skills.. reply
1:53 AM Monday, August 03, 2015
You can also try our premium Photoshop action to create vector images from any photo:
Rahul saini
2:54 AM Sunday, July 17, 2016
Very nice result and easy to create too! Can I convert it to vector like custom shape for example?
2:56 AM Sunday, July 17, 2016
See part 2 on how to convert image to vector shape and use it as custom shape in Photoshop: reply
5:09 AM Thursday, July 21, 2016
God bless u for this tutorial
that photocopy aspect has been eluding me for some time now
great site reply

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