Depending on the current/wanted appearance, you may use the easy/dirty way with Live Trace, and possible, possibly extensive, cleanup, or you may redraw, preferably with the Pen Tool. i tried the live trace but everything turned black and looked distorted. is there any way to live trace and keep the original colors? thanks I believe you will have to recolour, but probably you will be able to pick the colours from the PNG, using the Eyedropper Tool or something. wow, that's a great response. i agree with what you said. i am new to illustrator so i'm trying to figure out what i can or should do as far as creating and modifying graphics illustrations. thank you so much for the reply! Tat wow answer you go tis nothing more then a misunderstanding of how to use the live trace feature. It really depends on what your point of view is and true the settings are difficult to understand and require a lot of experience to make work well but the standard tracing will give you good results. One thing I want to point so you understand the the wow answer is way off track and that is that it is call LIve Trace because it is not converting anything to vector it is not intended convert anything to vector does not say or imply it converts raster images to vector art as it is only a tracing feature for creating vector art based on a raster image. This might help you see it from another point of view that does not have issues to confuse the matter. Note that hough the word conversion is used it does not imply the same notion as the wow answer suggest it implies, it simply means you are using a raster image as a basis for creating vector form of that raster art. thank you for your answer. both of those links are very informative. i will practice a bit and see how it turns out. thanks! You can use the live trace in illustrator or different free convertes on the net.. but you have alot more control over the convertion in adobe illustrator. When using the live trace, you can change the mode from black and white to color 256 is max. and then remove the 2 px pathfitting. It will make the traceing and vector you are making jaggy in the edges but it wil come the closest to the thing you are tracing. Then you have to redaw it when you have convertet it with the pen or the pencil tool to get the exact form it takes time, but if you put your back into it, it's deffinetly worth the effort.. It often depends on the picture form and so on. Also you can clean up a form an animal whatever shape on photoshop first by making the color edges more sharp og make a bigger contrast in a picture, make it black and white at make the motive the black sharp against the baggrund, well you get the picture. Then you make the canvas of illustrator the size you want the picture to have ans save it as a svg, eps or illustrator. Source.