Firefox Vector
Original image on the left, vectorized on the right

Have you ever had a photo that you wish you could blow up to a much larger size? Doing something like that would require a vector image, which is a graphic format that has no size limitation. You’re in luck because there is a new service in town, called VectorMagic, that will take your regular images and do its best to convert it into a vector graphic. The conversion process is normally rather quick, and it only asks you a few questions such as:

  • What type of image are you uploading? Is it a photograph, anti-aliased logo, or a non anti-aliased logo?
  • What is the quality of the image? Is it sharp or blurry?
  • Are there less than 12 colors in the original image, or are there more than that?

After it’s done you’ll be able to download the vector image in a variety of lossless formats including PNG, SVG, and EPS.

One thing that I’ve noticed is that starting with a higher quality images will result in pretty good conversions. I intentionally made the Firefox logo above low quality to start with so that I could see what the end result would be. The vectorized Firefox logo was a bit choppy, but it almost looks like artwork to me. When I bumped up the quality of the logo the result was much better, but it obviously has a hard time with shading:

Firefox Vector Larger
Original image on the left, vectorized on the right

Tip: The bigger and more detailed the images are the more time it will take to process. If you just want to play with this real quick try shrinking down some of your images otherwise you might be waiting for a few minutes to see the results.

VectorMagic [via Lifehacker]