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In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to turn an image into vector in Affinity Designer.
Go to the following link to download the image for the tutorial:
Now, let’s turn this image into vector.
First, got to File > Open and select the monster image. This is a PNG image.
Grab the Crop Tool from the Tools Panel. Take the tool and crop the picture so that only the third monster (the one with the tongue out) is visible.
After cropping the picture, right click on the layer in the Layers Panel and select Rasterize. Then, lock this layer. You can also lower the Opacity of the image if you need to.
Next, grab the Pen Tool from the Tools Panel. In the Swatches Panel, make sure the fill color isn’t active. Then, go to the Context Toolbar and set the Width of the stroke to 5 pt.
Once you’ve traced the body, label this layer Body in the Layers Panel.
Now, take the Pen Tool and trace the hair. Label this layer Hair in the Layers Panel.
After that grab, the Rectangle Tool from the Tools Panel. Draw a rectangle over the face area of the monster. Go to the Context Toolbar and set the Corner to Rounded and set the Corner Percentage to 34%. In the Layers Panel, label this Face.
Next, grab the Pen Tool again. In the Context Toolbar, set the Width to 8 pt. Take the tool and draw a straight line over the mouth line of the monster. Press CTRL and click off of the line. Then, take the Pen Tool and trace the tongue. Label the line Lip and the tongue Tongue in the Layers Panel.
In the Layers Panel, select the Lip and the Tongue layers. Press CTRL + G to group the layers. Label the group Mouth.
With the Pen Tool still selected, take the tool, and trace the eyelashes on the left eye of the monster.
Now, grab the Ellipse Tool from the Tools Panel. In the Context Toolbar, set the Width to 5 pt. Draw an ellipse over the oval shape. Next, draw an ellipse over the eye of the monster. After that, draw two more ellipses over each of the white spaces.
Select the ellipse of the main part of the eye. Go to the Swatches Panel and set the fill color of this to black. Get rid of the stroke color.
Next, select the two ellipses over the white spaces. Set the fill color to white and get rid of the stroke color.
In the Layers Panel, select all the pieces we created for the eye. Press CTRL + G to group them together, and label the group Left Eye. Then, press CTRL + J to duplicate the group. Name the duplicate Right Eye.
With the Right Eye group selected, go to the Transform Panel and select Flip Horizontal. Then, press and hold Shift and drag the group to the right side and place it over the eye.
Now, grab the Donut Tool from the Tools Panel. Take the tool and draw a donut over one of the donuts on the monster. Then, press CTRL + J to make a duplicate of the donut. Take the duplicate and place it over one of the other donuts and adjust its size to match the donut you place it on. Do this until you’ve covered all the donuts.
After that, select the two bigger donuts (the cut off ones). Go to the Layers Panel and drag these two donut layers inside of the Body layer. Select all the donuts and set the Width of the stroke to 3 pt in the Context Toolbar.
We now need to color the image into vector design we created.
Select the Body of the monster. Next, go to the Swatches Panel. Set the fill color of the body to #954FC4. Then, go to the Context Toolbar and select the Fill. Click on the circle beside Opacity to switch to Noise. Slide the slider to the right to add some noise to the body of the monster.
Next, select the Face. Go to the Swatches Panel and set the fill to #3CB98D. Then, go to the Fill in the Context Toolbar. Click the circle beside the Opacity and add some Noise to the face.
Now, select the Hair. Give it the follow fill color #EC7226. Then, go to the Context Toolbar. Click on Fill and the circle beside the Opacity. Add some Noise to the hair.
After that, select the oval shape beneath the eyes of the monster. Go to the Swatches Panel and set the fill color of these shapes to #BF40AA. Then, go to the Fill section to the Context Toolbar. Click the circle to switch the Opacity to Noise and add noise to these shapes too.
Select the Mouth group. Set the Lip and the stroke of the Tongue to the following fill color #246C53. Then, set the fill color of the tongue to #DE89B3. Then, add some noise to the tongue’s fill color.
For the donuts, use the following fill colors #FFFA20, #4486C1, and #FF20AC. Also, make sure you add some noise to the donut colors too.
In the Layers Panel, select all the pieces you created for the monster. Press CTRL + G to group the layers together. Then, label the group Monster.
Congratulations, you now know how to turn an image into vector in Affinity Designer. For more Affinity Designer tutorials, check out this article on how to create a donut illustration in Affinity Designer.