Supplying your artwork to be vectored

Low resolution

When supplying your artwork to be redrawn from a bitmap to vector, it’s always best if you can send us the best quality version you have. Although we are able to draw from quite pixelated images there are limits to what we can do and we can only draw what we can see. Although sometimes where text is too unclear to work from, we may be able to recognise the font and so we can simply type in the text rather than attempt to try and redraw it.

Photographing at an Angle

When photographing artwork to be converted into vector as a profile image, please make sure you take the photo face on and not at an angle. For example if you look at the face profiles below, the image on the right was taken correctly at a right angle to the subject and therefore we can produce a more accurate result compared to the one on the left.

Similarly this also applies to logos or other graphics. Although we can usually overcome this it doesn’t make it easy for us and so may incur extra costs as there is more time involved to try and correct it. Also it may turn out to be less accurate than the original artwork supplied.


If you need to scan your artwork first then it’s always best to scan at 300 DPI. When you open your scanning software there will be an option to set the DPI. Sometimes this may produce large file sizes depending on the size of the artwork scanned but we can accept up to 25MB file size through our e-mail.

if you don’t have a scanner you could try photographing your artwork using a digital camera set to macro mode. Most cameras these days can produce excellent results using this method and often as good as a scanner if photographed correctly.

Complex effects

Some graphics are not really suitable to be vectorised like the examples below. Beveled edges and complex lighting effects cannot really be achieved in vector. Although there are some effects which can be used in our software package (illustrator) that could possibly recreate these graphics, although it could take many hours if not days to complete. So it is not really feasible to do this type of work in vector. Also using some of these effects in vector can often cause problems when used for commercial printing and other mediums.

File formats

The most common raster image file formats which are supplied to us for conversion are JPEG, GIF, PNG,PDF and PSD files.  But we can also accept most other common file formats. If in doubt just ask us. Once we have vectorised your graphics we usually send back an AI and EPS file as standard. But we can also provide a PDF, SVG or CorelDRAW formats if requested.