How To Convert Procreate Art into Vector

Procreate is primarily a raster-based illustration app, which means it creates artwork based on pixels rather than vectors.

Converting Procreate artwork into vector format typically requires using vector graphic design software like Adobe Illustrator or vectorization apps or services. This process allows the intricate details and unique brushstrokes captured with Procreate brushes to be translated into scalable vector graphics.

Here’s how you can convert Procreate art into vectors:

Method 1: Manual Vectorization in Adobe Illustrator

Note: This step will require you to use Adobe Illustrator as an additional tool

Step 1: Export Your Procreate Artwork

Open your artwork in Procreate.

Opening artwork in Procreate

Export the artwork as a high-resolution image (e.g., PNG or JPEG) to your computer or cloud storage.

Exporting high resolution image

Step 2: Import into Adobe Illustrator:

Open Adobe Illustrator on your computer.

Creating document in Adobe illustrator

Create a new document or open an existing one.

Use the “File” > “Place” option to import your Procreate artwork.

Step 3: Trace the Artwork:

With the artwork selected, go to the “Object” menu and choose “Image Trace.”

Image trace

Adjust the settings in the Image Trace panel to achieve the desired level of detail and smoothness. You can adjust options like Threshold, Paths, and Colors.

Changing the settings

Click “Expand” to convert the traced image into editable vector paths.

Converting image to vector paths

Step 4: Refine and Edit:

After expanding the image, you can further refine and edit the vector paths using Illustrator’s drawing and editing tools.

How To Convert Procreate Art into Vector

Adjust anchor points, curves, colors, and shapes as needed.

Step 5: Save as Vector:

Once you’re satisfied with the vector version of your artwork, save it in a vector format such as Adobe Illustrator (AI), Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), or Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG).

Method 2: Use a Vectorization App or Service

There are online and offline tools and services that specialize in converting raster images into vector format. Some popular options include Vector Magic, Adobe Capture, and various online vectorization websites. Here’s a general process for using these tools:

Step 1: Export Your Procreate Artwork

Export your Procreate artwork as an image file (e.g., PNG or JPEG).

Exporting your image

Step 2: Use Vectorization Tool

Upload your exported image to the vectorization tool or service.

Using vectorization tool

Follow the tool’s instructions to process the image and convert it into vector format.

Step 3: Download the Vector File

Once the vectorization process is complete, you can usually download the converted vector file (commonly in formats like SVG, AI, or EPS).


Step 4: Edit and Refine (Optional)

If needed, you can further edit and refine the vector artwork in vector graphic software like Adobe Illustrator.

While vectorization tools can provide quick conversion from raster to vector, the quality of the vectorization may vary depending on the complexity of your original Procreate artwork.

Complex and detailed artwork may require more manual editing after conversion for the best results.

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Sofija, born and raised in Belgrade, is an award-winning illustrator known for her bold and colorful expressionist style. For the past four to five years, she has been mastering her craft using Procreate, blending traditional techniques with digital innovation. Her work, characterized by vibrant hues and dynamic compositions, often reflects her love for plants and textures.

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