November 25, 2023

How To Quickly Vectorize Your AI Images Using TraceJourney

Here's an easy and quick way to vectorize your images using artificial intelligence.

Jim Clyde Monge
Jim Clyde Monge

In the digital art world, one of the biggest challenges artists often face is vectorizing their illustrations. Traditional methods, like using Adobe Illustrator, have been the go-to solution for a while now.

The process involves selecting a base image, creating a new document in Illustrator, and using tools like the Pen Tool to trace over the image, starting with the most distinctive shapes and ending with finer details.

While effective, this method can be time-consuming and may not always produce the best results.

Today, a brand new AI-powered tool called Tracejourney was launched, aiming to automate the whole process of image vectorization. In this article, I will cover:

  • What is TraceJourney?
  • How to access TraceJourney?
  • How to vectorize an image file
  • What types of images can be vectorized
  • How to create a mockup

What is TraceJourney?

Tracejourney, currently free of charge, is a Discord bot that creates vector files for any illustration. Vector files are scalable and can be used for a variety of purposes, such as print, POD design, web design, and animation.

Here is a side-by-side comparison of an image before and after vectorization.

Original image versus vector image. generated by TraceJourney AI
Image by Jim Clyde Monge

Now, let’s discuss how to access TraceJourney and provide some examples.

How To Access TraceJourney?

Click on this invite link to access the TraceJourney Bot.

Note: This link is only valid for 7 days, so it will expire on June 26, 2023. If you need a new access link, let me know in the comments.

UPDATE 06/28/2023: Use this new invite link without expiration: https://discord.gg/vjMu3PQdqg

Initiate a conversation and select the “TraceJourney Bot”.

Discord start a conversation with tracejourney ai
Image by Jim Clyde Monge

Vectorize An Image File

Click on the small “+” icon and choose “Upload a File”. Here, you should upload the image file you want to vectorize.

TraceJourney discord bot upload a file screenshot
Image by Jim Clyde Monge

As an example, I will upload an image file that I generated with MidJourney AI.

TraceJourney Midjourney AI vectorize example
Image by Jim Clyde Monge

After the file upload, a set of options to modify the image will appear. We won’t go through each of these, as our focus is on the vectorize feature.

Click on the “Vectorize” button and wait for a couple of seconds for the AI to process the image.

Tracejourney midjourney bot vector download example
Image by Jim Clyde Monge

Finally, download the vectorized file, which you can preview in a web browser or with tools like Adobe Illustrator.

An illustration of a guy vector file generated by tracejourney ai
Image by Jim Clyde Monge

The quality is superb! It’s ready for any large-scale printing, or you can use it as wallpaper.

Can You Vectorize Any Images?

Not every image can be vectorized. While I don’t have specific details regarding the tool’s limitations, my experience has shown that uploading a complex image may cause the AI to fail.

Tracejourney bot discord channel failed vectorization error message
TraceJourney Discord bot

Create A Mockup

Aside from creating vector files, TraceJourney also offers a mockup feature. This allows you to visualize how the vector image would look when printed on products like t-shirts, which is ideal for print-on-demand businesses.

To begin, go to the “mockups” channel and type “/imagine” to bring up the prompt chat box. You can use the following prompt to create a black shirt template:

Prompt: mockup of a black tshirt with hanger — ar 2:3

Tracejourney discord channel, Prompt: mockup of a black tshirt with hanger — ar 2:3
Image by Jim Clyde Monge

Next, upscale and download one of these blank t-shirt samples.

To create a design mockup, go back to the “mockups” channel and type “/mockup” to bring up the file upload menu.

Tracejourney discord mockup file upload screenshot
TraceJourney Discord Bot

Next, choose the fabric color and adjust the image size on the t-shirt.

Tracejourney adjust image on tshirt template
Image by Jim Clyde Monge

This is what the final design looks like:

Tracejourney black tshirt example with a vector illustration final result
Image by Jim Clyde Monge

Final Thoughts

Overall, I am very impressed with this free tool. Its ability to generate high-quality vector files quickly and its ability to create mockups will set a new standard in the design and print-on-demand industries.

While traditional methods of vectorizing images still have their place, AI-driven solutions like TraceJourney are paving the way for a more efficient and creative future in the world of digital art.

As we move forward, it will be exciting to see how such advancements continue to shape and evolve the digital design landscape.