In a perfect world, everyone would have all their logos and artwork in the right format. Photos for print at 300dpi and in CMYK. Images for on-screen use at 72ppi and RGB. Brochures in a page layout program (InDesign or Quark—we can debate which one some other time) with all supporting files and fonts. Logos and other graphic in a scalable, vector format.
Ah, we can dream—right?
The world is not perfect so I find that I often have to repair or recreate many of the files I receive. One of the most common issues if the last one mentioned above: logos not being in a vector format. I have used many different programs in the post, often opting for recreating the artwork from scratch. All resulting in extra time. Time that I either eat or pass on to the client.
Either way it is wasteful.
Apparently, James Diebel and Jacob Norda at Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory agree and have created VectorMagic, an online Flash-based application that will create vector files of files that you upload.
I tried it out and it worked quite well—rivalling, or I dare say, surpassing Adobe Illustrator’s abilities in this arena.
Here are the basics:
- Upload a bitmap file (JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, or TIFF)
- From that you can get an EPS, SVG, or PNG
- It will keep a list of your last 30 images over the past 30 days, or”¦
- Sign up and keep the complete list
Oh, yeah—did I mention that this is FREE? So there is no excuse not to try it.
UPDATE 5/30/08: While this is still a great tool, it is no longer free. It is still inexpensive and far cheaper than paying someone to recreate a logo or graphic.