A designer, I am not. Yet, I love creating stuff in PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.
I still haven’t gotten the hang of live trace or vectorizing stuff on my computer, so I use a brilliant cheat.
I needed a vector image for my letterpress printing plates, and I was somewhat horrified at the aspect of me trying to figure out HOW to make it look good and not waste 73 hours working on it (my learning curve is… steep on these programs).
I stumbled onto Vector Magic one day, and I have to got to say that I use it frequently. All you do is upload your image, tweak the settings (super easy!), choose the colors you want (you can use the colors pre-selected by the program, or your own), and vectorize it. Usually, I mess with it to create a few different versions before I download the final product.
If you’re designing your own invites and using a photo or other piece of art, it’s truly a godsend.
Here’s my path to vectorized tree for my wedding invitations:
The original photo — I purchased this stock image online.
Post-PhotoShop (trimmed it down, removed background) — don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be “perfect”
Believe me, I know I’m not even sub-par at this… but I’m satisfied with the results, and that’s what really matter 😉
Stay tuned… you might even see our wedding invitations with this tree in action 🙂