If you want to take your iPad Lettering to a professional level in order to sell digital artwork, design logos, handmade cards or commissioned illustrations, knowing how to create vector artwork is a must.
The fastest and easiest way to convert raster images to vectors, has always been to use the ‘Image Trace’ tool in Adobe Illustrator. This is a popular method for professional artist’s, but you need access to Adobe’s Creative Cloud Suite and a desktop computer in order to run the software.
Is there another way you can do this without leaving the iPad and no need for an expensive monthly subscription? Yes! And that is what I’m here to demonstrate today.
A special shout out to a helpful reader of the iPC blog, Brandon, for suggested Adobe Capture via the comments on a previous post. This app is a perfect interstitial step to auto trace the lettering and create a vector shape!
Before we get into it, you might be wondering about my choice of using Affinity over the free app, Vectornator …. You could use Vectornator for the 2nd part of this tutorial, and you are more than welcome to do so. (The majority of the process is the same – you would simply open your SVG file in Vectornator instead of Affinity Designer for the tweaking stage).
The main reason I favour Affinity, is because of a special setting on the pencil tool called ‘sculpt’ . The sculpt setting makes editing this kind of vector a lot easier. When using an automatic trace process like Adobe Capture, it creates a lot of nodes on the vector shape (as you will see in the video). As long as the Sculpt preference is selected, you can simply run your pencil along the edge of the path to smooth it out, giving you a very fine level of control.
This definitely produces the best result with the least amount of effort and time (as opposed to editing individual nodes by hand). But like I say, it is up to you and depends on how much vectorising you do as part of your workflow.
On with the tutorial!