Start a new project in Adobe Illustrator. You can create vector work with a blank canvas or upload an image to create vector artwork.
To upload an image, drag and drop it onto the Illustrator workspace or use the File > Open menu.
Now it's time to create your vector artwork. This step can be easy or time-consuming depending on the project you have ahead of you.
There are many ways to go about creating your vector artwork. I highly recommend familiarizing yourself with the Pen Tool—once mastered, it can be used to create professional-looking details.
If drawing from scratch isn't on your agenda, you can always try tracing an existing image. Check out our guide on how to trace an image in Illustrator. I’m tracing a picture of my cat for this guide.
Be sure to give your artwork a once-over before saving. This is a good opportunity to clean up your line art and add final details to the design.
When you're ready to export your design, be sure to save it as a vector supporting file type. Avoid using formats like jpeg, png, or bmp. These create rasterized images that lose quality when scaled. I recommend one of these three:
- SVG - An SVG file supports vector graphic images. SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics. To make an SVG file, save your vector art in Illustrator as a
- EPS - An EPS file supports vector graphic artwork, but also contains a rasterized copy of the artwork for quick viewing. It stands for Encapsulated PostScript. To create an EPS file, save your Illustrator work as a
- AI - An AI file supports Adobe Illustrator files and vector graphics. It stands for Adobe Illustrator and is the default file type for Adobe Illustrator projects. To create an AI file, save your work in Illustrator as a
Congratulations! You’ve created an original piece of vectorized work. You may want to go a step further and check out our guide on how to add a transparent background.