How to Convert a Vector Image to a Bitmap in Illustrator Easily (Example)

Want to edit a vector image for a more professional finish? You probably need transform the image in a bitmap. If you are interested in learning how to do it, keep reading this post.

Bitmap images are made up of a pixel group. Unlike vector images, they are created through a mathematical formula that allows you to resize their size without losing quality.

To go from vector image to bitmap, you need basic knowledge of Illustrator and a lot of patience. Although it may be an easy task, it requires time to obtain good results.

Convert a vector image to a bitmap

  • Open the app Adobe illustrator and select the file you want to convert.
  • Press the V key to use the Selection tool.
  • Select the elements of the image.
  • Click on the Objects menu and then choose the option Rasterization.
  • A new window opens where you must modify various aspects of the image
    • Select the color model between RGB, Bitmap and Grayscale.
    • Choose a resolution High, Medium, Screen or custom.
    • Choose between a white or transparent background.
    • Enable the option if you want to create a clipping mask.

Convert a vector image to a bitmap

  • Press the Ok button to end.

The rasterize option is available in version CS6. The order of the steps to rasterize the image may vary depending on the Illustrator version you have.

Convert a Bitmap Image to a Vector Image

If instead you want to pass a bitmap image to a vector, the procedure can be a bit more tedious. It can be done from Illustrator and depending on the type of image it may take time.

  • Open the Illustrator application.
  • Select image you want to vectorize.
  • Click on the menu Object and select the option Image Tracing / Create.
  • The Image Tracing options are enabled where you must modify until you have the expected result:
    • Preset setting, to determine if you want to trace the image as it is shown, only some colors or the silhouette,
    • The dimensions of the image.
    • Choose if it will be in grayscale or colors.
    • If you are an advanced user you can even modify the type of path, the vertices, Noise and method.
  • To finish click on the button expand and you will have a vectorized image.

Now you can expand the vectorized image as much as you want, even to print in large formats and it will not lose quality. Another advantage of having a vector is being able to modify the points of the image to your liking and correct one or another detail.

Convert a photo to vector

Converting a photograph to a vector image can be more complex due to the amount of elements it has. A photo has infinities of colors and multiple lines and shapes. However, you can get a pretty good result when vectoring.

Convert a vector image to an Illustrator bitmap

  • Open the image you want to convert in Illustrator.
  • Click on the menu Object
  • Select option Image tracing / Create
  • The first preview shows a black silhouette, but to avoid losing image quality, configure the following:
    • Select option Image Tracing / High Color.
    • Click on advanced and raise the value of 100% traced.
    • Modify the value of Vertex at 100%.
    • Set the value of colors to the maximum.
    • Change the noise value to 1 px.
  • Press the button Expand to vectorize the image.

In theory the image is already a vector, but it is very difficult to edit due to the amount of dots it has. If you want to edit it more easily change the image tracing settings.

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Change the image to grayscale and place the gray value at 20. Reduce the trace and vertex value to 17%. The image now looks simpler, but has the essentials to edit and create a new illustration from here.

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