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Cornerstone Brick Designs


My friend Bruce of Cornerstone Brick Designs, was in a tizzy over how to covert a bitmap logo he made in Photoshop to a vector. Illustrator is a mind numbing program to many predominantly bitmap oriented artists, so I lent a hand.


CBD Tile MockUp

He paid someone earlier who took all day to to export vectors. I completed the same job in under an hour. Efficiency is key in digital production and the previous production artist’s Rembrandt method proved costly. Instead of redrawing this simple image, I image traced it in Illustrator.


First slam the gamma in Photoshop to darken the image. Image trace works best with black images with a white negative space.


Open the photoshop file in Illustrator and image trace it and voila! Instant vector. This logo is so simple. The production manager was crying over nothing. Happy to help.

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Bruce wanted variations including an outlined version of the logo. Illustrator took care of it with the click a button.


The Book. I thought I was going to have to pay $200 for a temporary Maya license for this one, but Bruce was happy with another solution. An image warp over a photo of a pre-existing book. Such a time saver when you don’t have to turn an image 360° in a motion graphics presentation!








All done in two hours!

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