Here’s how to vectorize your analog art using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator:
Take a nice close, clear photo of your work with your phone in natural light.
2. Once your artwork is on your computer, open it up in Photoshop.
3. Convert the image from color to greyscale.
4. Use the Levels tool to eliminate the grey—we’re going for black and white only. You can find the Levels tool by going to Image > Adjustments > Levels.
5. Select your entire design. You can either do so by using the Lasso or Marquee tool, or even ‘select all’ (command + A on a Mac) then copy it (command + C on a Mac).
6. In Adobe Illustrator, open a new file. It doesn’t really matter what size the art board is right now—you can adjust it later!
7. Now that your Illustrator file is open, paste your art (command + V on a Mac).
8. With the image still selected, open up your Image Trace panel (go to Window > Image Trace). It’s time to vectorize this baby!
9. In the Image Trace panel, click the down arrow next to ‘Advanced’ at the bottom of the panel. Check the boxes: ‘Ignore White’ and ‘Preview’ (so you can see it). If you’re not satisfied with how it traces your work, adjust the threshold. Since you have the preview selected, you’ll be able to see how it looks before…going through with it. Click the ‘Trace’ button if it isn’t traced by this point.
10. The next step is to click Expand at the top of the art board.
11. Next up: Ungroup the selection (command + shift + G on a Mac). This way, you’ll be able to adjust individual elements that make up your design. This is great if you want to move things around or give different parts different colors.
12. The last step is cleaning up your art. Delete elements you don’t want and rearrange/adjust the rest.
13. Last step: Add color! You can either use the Swatches panel (Window > Swatches) or double click on the left hand color icon on the left tool panel.