Mix Photo and Vector

Chances are you already know how to work with vector shapes in Illustrator, and even directly in Photoshop, so now it's time to build on these skills and learn how to successfully apply a range of new techniques to photos or scanned images to create smooth yet detailed illustrations.

This tutorial doesn't use vectors - although the final result will partly look as if you have. By photographing elements such as trees and plants directly against the sky, with the sun as a backlight, you can create solid shapes with high contrast that are much easier to extract.

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