How to vectorize an image with Illustrator

To vectorize a color image in Adobe Illustrator follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: insert the image you’re working on by dragging it to the workspace or from the menu using File and Open. Select it by clicking on it if it is not already selected.
  2. Step 2: Open the Window menu and select Image Trace. You have a number of options to configure depending on what you’re trying to do. In Presets you can select vectorization quality. In Silhouette you can adjust the quality and in Color Mode you can pick the option you want in greyscale and black and white.
  3. Step 3: now click High Fidelity Photo in Presents to get an image generated by the program. You can adjust the quality in the Colors slider.
  4. Step 4: go to the Object menu and select Expand and there is your vectorized image.

Now you can select the vectors or settings for the photograph. But, if you have a black and white image, the process is shorter.

  1. Step 1: go to Window and in Presets choose Black and White Image. Once you’ve done that you don’t have to adjust any other settings.
  2. Step 2: go to Object > Expand and you will see your vectorized image.

In a greyscale image, in the Window menu you need to select Greyscale in Presets. In Object > Expand you can vectorize the image.

If the vectorized image is not what you want because there are too many nodes, the solution may be to use the Greyscale preset in Image Trace, which as you now know is under Window.