Vectorize on the Go

I do most of my designing in vector form. It has many benefits: it's clear at any size, customizable in many ways and there are several file formats so you are not limited to one piece of software.

I also do most of my designing during stolen moments, mostly with my son asleep on me and me working on my phone one-handed.

So what to do when you need a vector on the go?

You have several options. A very popular one is the Adobe Capture app. It is a free app that syncs with Adobe Cloud and you can take pictures of items to then download to Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Draw to continue working with.

But what if you don't subscribe to Adobe CC? There is a workaround for that, but I think it's pretty complicated. It involves downloading from the Adobe Cloud on your computer and opening it in an app that supports .ai files.

But never fear! I have an app for you!

Enter the Imaengine Vector App. This awesome free app can turn your photos into vectors and even into impressive works of art. You can download the art as an SVG which you can open in many vector programs like Adobe Illustrator, Autodesk Graphic, Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, and others.

Here, let me show you.

Here is a picture my son painted at daycare (I'm pretty sure the teachers did help but he signed it, hmmm, he's one, maybe the teachers did that too. Anyway...). I thought it was a pretty great picture.

I took a photo of his painting and uploaded it to Imaengine. Here are a few samples of how it looked using different Imaengine settings:

Here is Film Noir view opened in Autodesk Graphic so you can see it really was vectorized and you can see the shapes, paths, and layers:

My favorite, however, was the third option in the Colorator setting.

I liked it so much I used it to create all sorts of stuff on my Redbubble store. Click here to check it out!!


Isn't that super pretty? And all on my iPhone!

Imaengine is a great free app but the author does also have the Imaengine School Edition which is the paid version of the app and offers more settings.

I hope you find this helpful. Let me know what you think.


  1. Do you know if there is something like this for non Apple devices?

    1. I don’t know about Android devices but you may want to try the website although it doesn’t have all the fun styles of the iOS app.

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