Happy Tuesday! This week’s tutorial is brought to you by Whitney + Monica who both emailed asking how to vectorize hand drawn doodles so they would have reuseable, and infinitely rescalable vectors. You’ve probably seen vector artwork around a lot lately – I just released a pack of vectors a few weeks ago and gave 5 of them away for free. In this tutorial, using that vector pack as an example, I share how I took those hand drawn elements from a doodle on a sheet of copy paper to a crisp vector that can be used over and over again on any application. Do you remember the how to vectorize hand lettering tutorial? If you’ve practiced that at all, you’ll be in great shape with converting doodles 🙂 In this video, we’ll go over 3 different methods of cleaning up your doodles, so whether you’re a beginner or advanced Illustrator user, there’s an option that will work for you. Let’s get started!

How to Vectorize Hand Drawn Doodles


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  • Thanks! This actually helped a TON. Somehow with the other tutorial I was watching I could not get the things ungrouped and delete the paper background from the scan. This video had a different step in it that totally worked and made me so happy. Now to the long and ‘therapeutic’ process of refining my doodle in illustrator 🙂

  • If you have the new fancy Adobe Creative Cloud (rocking CS6 myself) you don’t have to buy a separate app. You just take a picture with your phone (with Adobes app, that is included in CC) and it’s saved as a vector and synced with illustrator on your computer 😀 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0LTzbksUiU

  • You are awesome, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. They way you explain things is also very good. You kind of tip along the way, on those subjects that I’ve always wondered about how to do it. Such as how to have the anchors act independent of eachother. So glad I found your website! This is the only (of all mailings) newsletter I actually always read too 🙂
    Keep up the good word!

  • This is cool! Do you have a tutorial that shows how to turn hand drawn doodles into a repeating illustrator pattern?

  • Teela, Thank you so much for your wonderful and detailed tutorial! I don’t have illustrator sadly, but I think I should be able to work in Inkscape using most of your tips.

  • Hi Teela!

    This tutorial is so awesome!! I have been wanting to learn to do this with my calligraphy. Question though, when I open up my design into Illustrator none of my letters are separate, and I tried un-grouping and nothing happens. I am trying to smooth out my hand lettered letters and it wont work since I can’t alter each letter separate (there are no points) Any suggestions?! Thanks so much!


  • Hello Teela

    Nice tutorial.. I have been looking for such a tutorial… Have you traced the vectors in paper first then scanned them to edit with photoshop? One more tip i need. Have your traced it with what type of pen in the paper or painted version? Pls guide me in this regard…

  • Hey Teela, when you scan them, what kind of image do you use? (JPG, IMAGE,….? thank you

  • very useful!!!thank you!:)))))

  • Very useful! Thank you very much! It can be done in Photoshop, isn’t it? Yes, I know is easyer in Illustrator.
    Have a great autumn!

  • What is the scanner app you mentioned?

  • Thank you very much! Very useful! ♥

  • Thank you…this was very helpful!

  • Hi Teela! It has been such fun to discover your website and youtube channel 🙂 !
    I am trying to learn everything to become a surface pattern designer, especially for textiles I like drawing doodles with markets, ink or watercolor, and so I have a question regarding your tut: how (and in which format from illustrator) do you save this vectorized doodles/art work, for selling them as vector palette or for further work on patterns? It would be great to get your advice on that ! (I apologize if this is too basic to ask. I have some knowledge in photoshop but I am rather new to illustrator).

Again, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge creating such “easy-to-get” and inspiring material to learn and enjoy!


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