CCS Crest

Logo Re-building and Tracing

I was asked by the Deputy Principle of Carrick-on-Shannon Community School to provide a hi-res digital version of their school crest for general use but specifically for a large sign outside the school. The original graphics were done back in 1994 and the designer was not contactable so all we had to go on was a jpeg of the embroidered crest from a school jumper!

I’ve done a few of these and quite enjoy them but this job had a little more detail than normal website logos. The process is normally the same each time, I import whatever low-res original I have into Photoshop and blow it up to the required size and proceed to trace out the detail using mostly the ‘Pen’ and ‘Selection’ tools. I fill each large Pen traced area with colour, using gradients if required. I create ‘Paths’ for the circular text and let the text follow that.

For details that can’t easily be traced with common shapes, ie – the fish, water, etc below, I use the ‘Free-form’ Pen tool and just trace by (steady!) hand then use the ‘Stroke Path’ option and some custom brush settings to get some nice line art effects.

Before and After below:

CCS Crest

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Leon Quinn

Multimedia Design company in Leitrim, Ireland specializing in WordPress Website Design, Photoshop and Graphics.

15 thoughts on “Logo Re-building and Tracing”

      1. The pen in Illustrator is similar to that in Photoshop except easier and more dynamic. You can do a lot more with it and deselection of a point involves just clicking on the point, not alt clicking which is handier. Also shapes are creates with fills and strokes, not just fill, so you can do an outlines easier for example instead of applying blending options to the path or shape layer.

        OR.. you can get Illustrator to do all the hard work for you. Import your graphic into Illustrator >>Object >>Live Trace >> Tracing options (set your parameters) then >> Trace. Once you’ve traced object, go back into same menu and Expand to create individual shape layers for each path. 


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