View Full Version : Converting to vector (.eps)

08-13-2003, 09:47 AM

for a brochure I'm supposed to send n my company logo in .eps format. I have designed a company logo in a graphics editor and it is currently a raster file (gif, jpeg etc.). Now I'm looking for some way to convert this raster file to a vector graphic.

My question is how do I do this? Is there any freeware or full version shareware that will do the job? Or is it just enough to import the jpeg in a vector-editor (I use OpenOffice Draw) and than save it as an .eps. Or doesn't this produce the right effect?

I hope to hear from you guys as soon as possible, for I have to hand in de eps file in 2 days!

Thanx, Michiel

08-21-2003, 05:05 PM
To my knowledge there is no way of converting a vector file to a raster file.

Vector files are based on mathematical equations and coordinates, where as rasters are basically pixels that are one color or another. Since vectors are more complex then raster images you can export them into a raster format, but not the other way around. Because it would have no frame of reference for the coordinates it needs.

Your best bet is to import the image into your drawing package and redraw or trace it.

08-21-2003, 05:42 PM
Photoshop can do it. Attach the image and give me an email and I'll convert it for you.

It sounds as though the program you have will also because that is all I do with my graphics to send off to the printer. Convert it, send it to them and ask them to tell you if it works ok. Ask for a proof.


08-21-2003, 06:05 PM
First lesson in this: never design a logo just rasterized for a customer. You should be doing the designs in a program such as Illustrator or Freehand or Corel Draw in Vector first, and then go into photoshop if you need to add the pretty elements to it. The reason why is that anyone who prints a logo or does design or anything like that will require you to give them a vector logo.

I will so though, if you cannot give them a vector logo, atleast build it at a huge size in your program so it prints nice. Meaning a dpi such as 300-600 so the quality comes out ok, and a measurement of over five inches wide, so they have options in the future. But don't do that now, you've already built it and it's too late. If you make it bigger, you'll just make it blurry.

I'm not trying to slam you, so I'm sorry if I come off wrong, I don't mean to. I'm just telling you what's the standard.

Ok, programs? There are a couple, and some that can do it inside their program. If you have Flash, it will trace your bitmap into a vector file and you can export it as an eps. Photoshop will allow you to trace the image into vector 'paths' and export the paths as an illustrator file. A program called Adobe Streamline can trace and export at excellent quality.

However, Frank is right about the quality, and the best way to do it. Any program that traces a rasterized file will most likely do it VERY poorly, close, but poorly. Your best bet is to place the rasterized image in a vector program such as illustrator, etc. and redraw it. Only then will the quality be good enough to print.:thumbsup:

08-21-2003, 06:08 PM
P.S -- can you post the logo up? It may take me two seconds to redraw it for you and I can send it over via email, I've done that before here.