How To: Create Graphic Art from a Drawing in 6 Easy Steps

In a recent Instagram poll, I asked you guys what you’d like my next post to be and majority of you voted for this tutorial… so here we go! I’ve been involved in graphic design for a number of years now and have actually been fortunate enough to use it as an income source to be able to travel.ย 


What You’ll Need:

  1. Computer
  2. Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
  3. Blank Paper
  4. Pencil
  5. Eraser
  6. Pen (I like to use a felt pen)
  7. Camera/ phone



Step One

Draw your design onto a blank piece on paper with pencil.


Step Two

Draw over your design with pen and erase any pencil marks ensuring the page is clean.


Step Three

Take a photo of the design and transfer it onto your computer.

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Step Four

Open your design in Photoshop and adjust the photo if needed (darken the lines to make them more distinct, remove the background if it’s messy etc.)

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Step Five

Select your design then copy and paste it into Illustrator.

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Step Six

“Image Trace” your design and adjust the threshold to your liking.


If there are smudge marks, imperfections etc. go back to photoshop and edit the photo and repeat steps 5 and 6 until you’re happy with your design.

THAT’S IT! Super easy and quick. Once I have my design I like to move it back into photoshop, change the line colour to white and put in on a darker background, but that’s just personal preference.

Now go and try it out for yourself. Create phone background, Instagram posts, logos and more and be sure to tag my design account Taylah Typo!

Ps. This is just my way of doing it and not necessarily the “right way”. Play around and find what works best for you.