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I have read several websites that discusses about vectorized photographs.

If you like to see more vector arts, you can go to the following links:

One obvious question kept popping up: If you have the photograph, what is the need of vectorized photograph? Isn’t it just beat the purpose of having a photograph?

Here is an image that I worked on based on a photo of an old phone:

old-phone

old-phone

Do you notice how crisp the image is?  Here is what it looks like without the rendering:

old-phone wireframe

old-phone wireframe

Yes, now you see how painful it is to trace a photograph and put colors in each of the vertex. For a vectorized picture above, it took me about 10 hours using Gradient Mesh feature of Adobe Illustrator CS3.

Now let’s talk about why people convert a photograph into a vectorized image like the above. There are several reason why vectoring photographs is the best solution, such as:

  1. If the photograph is not superior in terms of contrast, sharpness and resolution, a vectorized traced image will eliminate all these problems.
  2. Even if the photograph is very clear and has a high resolution,  sometimes you will still be able to see ‘dusts’ that were captured by the camera, a vectorized traced image will also eliminate this problem (Photoshop editing might also do the trick).
  3. Even if the photograph is flawless and has a high resolution, there will still be limitation on how big you can reprint it. If you’re printing a photograph to a size of a billboard, then of course, you will see the image breaking or the noises will become visible. Vectorized Image will not break up, no matter how big you want to print it and since it is not bitmap-base, it will remain crisp and sharp.

The process, like I have mentioned before,  is quite painful, since you have to trace every detail in a very precise manner. The more details you included in the effort, the more realistic the result will be, but on the downside, much more time will be needed to finish it.

For me, vectorizing images of photographs are not 100% art, but more an exercise in patience, It is though,  a printing solution, which in some cases are necessary to produce high quality images for printed media. I have a feeling, in the future, it would be done by a software, with a just few click of a button. (PW)

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