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Turn a Van Gogh Style Sketch into a Vector Graphic with Illustrator

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Open Scanned Sketch
Open Scanned Sketch
Text and images © Sandra Trainor

If you plan to make your own sketch, use a soft graphite pencil or ink, which will provide dark lines and the contrast needed to trace the image in Illustrator, then scan it into your computer. To preserve detail, I set my scanner settings to grayscale and 300 dpi.

To open the scanned image in Illustrator, I will choose File > Open, navigate to my scanned sketch, and click Open.

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