Convert JPEG to Vector: Making Vector Textures From Photographs

Convert JPEG to Vector: Making Vector Textures From Photographs



Would you like to learn how to convert jpeg to vector images without downloading them from other websites? Well you have come to the right place! This guide will help you give some life to your original designs. Adding a texture to any type of art piece adds character. For example, a rustic texture may make an art piece look as if it is vintage or has worn out over time. This guide will help you figure out how to edit your photos, convert them into vector images, and add your texture to a shape. Let’s get started!


Taking Photos of Textures

Our world is full of textures! The photo I took above was from a wall that had a splattered water stain. I took my photo with a Nikon DSLR camera but you do not need a fancy camera to convert your images into textures. After you have snapped a couple of pictures of textures you like, you want to move them into an image editor. I used Adobe Lightroom above and if you look at the sidebar you can see the settings that I used. This is what you should do:


  1. Change the photo from color into black and white.

  2. Bump up the contrast on the image to really separate the blacks from the whites.

  3. Export the image to Adobe Illustrator.


Making a Vector Texture in Illustrator

After you have completed the steps above, you should now have the image in Illustrator. The first thing you want to do is select the image and click “Image Trace”. This will take your image and make it into a vector image consisting of strokes. Next, to separate the black from the white hit “Expand”. Then choose the Magic Wand tool to select the part of the image you want to be your texture. After you have clicked the color, hit delete. Viola! You now have a texture!


  • To add this texture to a shape, choose a shape and make sure that it is in a layer behind the texture.


  • Next, select the texture and shaped. Find the Pathfinder window and click “Minus Front”. This will subtract your texture from the shape.


  • You should now have a image with your texture!


Basics of Graphic Design: Texture Tutorial

I really hope this guide gave you a basic idea of how to convert jpeg to vector images for your graphic designs! If you would like any other tutorial, please leave a comment below. Learning the basics of graphic design takes a lot of practice. Practice does make you better!