So I have made a custom title for my game. Because it exist out of two colors, I decided to make it in paint because I find it handy for pixel art. I would like to port this to Adobe Illustrator so I can make different sizes of it.

My problem is: Do I have to trace the whole text with the line segment/ pencil tool or is there an easier way to do it?

edit: If I use image trace it gets all kind of round shapes, i just need it traced like in this attached picture

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  • To be really accurate, it often requires manual creation rather than automated tracing.
    – Scott
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 18:44

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I don't think it would take too long to re-create this type with the rectangle tool (M) then combine the shapes with the path-finder panel. Each letter is only like 4 or 5 rectangles. Then use a path offset (Object -> Path -> Offset path) to create the stroke.

This will assure you're getting the best results.

I was able to bring the graphic into Illustrator and draw shapes over the type logo.

This is the bottom of the first letter. The blue is the rectangle I was using to draw over the type.

screenshot of the type logo


Yes there is. Simply Trace them in illustrator !!! And do a gray or black and white trace and then simply put a stroke around it with the same color as green.

  • i wish it worked that way, but it just doesn't trace right. i got all kinds of round letters instead of just plain 8 bit style
    – 2hTu2
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 18:15
  • You can always use the Simplify option to get rid of Curves and roundness of the letters. Set it to Straight lines and play with it. Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 19:47
  • Trace it but import the image in Illustrator at very big size. It can be low resolution dpi. There will be less "round corners" at bigger size.
    – go-junta
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 22:16

If you have Photoshop, you can make quick selections with the magic wand, covert those to paths, then from the File Menu - choose Export/Paths to Illustrator.

I suggest just making a path for the black letters. Once you have the piece in Illustrator, make your compound paths, set them to black and add a green stroke.

You'll might still have to clean it up a bit, but it would be pretty quick.

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