 Outline the steps to transform raster image to vector image
using Live Trace.
In This Chapter, you’ll learn on:
 The steps in creating Live Trace
 The advantages and disadvantages of creating
Live T...
Trace artwork
 If you want to base a new drawing on an existing piece
of artwork, you can trace it. For example, you can
...
Trace artwork
 The easiest way to trace artwork is to open or place a
file into Illustrator and automatically trace the a...
Convert a tracing object to a Live Paint object
 When you are satisfied with the results of a tracing, you
can convert th...
Convert a tracing object to a Live Paint object
 1. Select the tracing object.
 2. Do one of the following:
o To convert...
Convert a tracing object to a Live Paint object
 1. Select the tracing object.
 2. Do one of the following:
o •To conver...
Advantages and Disadvantages of Live Trace
 You can turn your sketches into vector graphics by using live
trace to create...
Disadvantages:
 Most live trace graphics have more lines and are a
bit busier than the free hand vector graphics. Free
ha...
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Chap22

  1. 1.  Outline the steps to transform raster image to vector image using Live Trace.
  2. 2. In This Chapter, you’ll learn on:  The steps in creating Live Trace  The advantages and disadvantages of creating Live Trace
  3. 3. Trace artwork  If you want to base a new drawing on an existing piece of artwork, you can trace it. For example, you can create a graphic based on a pencil sketch drawn on paper or on a raster image saved in another graphics program by bringing the graphic into Illustrator and tracing over it. Use the Pen Tool and tracing the basic features of the object
  4. 4. Trace artwork  The easiest way to trace artwork is to open or place a file into Illustrator and automatically trace the artwork with the Live Trace command. You can control the level of detail and how the tracing is filled. When you are satisfied with the tracing results, you can convert the tracing to vector paths or a Live Paint object. Before and after tracing a bitmap image with the Live Trace command
  5. 5. Convert a tracing object to a Live Paint object  When you are satisfied with the results of a tracing, you can convert the tracing object to paths or to a Live Paint object. This final step allows you to work with the tracing as you do other vector artwork. Once you convert the tracing object, you can no longer adjust the tracing options.  1. Select the tracing object.  2. Do one of the following: o To convert the tracing to paths, click Expand in the Control panel or choose Object > Live Trace > Expand o Use this method if you want to work with the components of the traced artwork as individual objects. The resulting paths are grouped together.
  6. 6. Convert a tracing object to a Live Paint object  1. Select the tracing object.  2. Do one of the following: o To convert the tracing to paths while preserving the current display options, choose Object > Live Trace > Expand As Viewed. o For example, if the display options are set to Outlines for the tracing result, then the expanded paths will be outlines only (rather than filled and stroked). In addition, a snapshot of the tracing with its current display options is preserved and grouped with the expanded paths. Use this method if you want to preserve the tracing image as a guide for the expanded paths.
  7. 7. Convert a tracing object to a Live Paint object  1. Select the tracing object.  2. Do one of the following: o •To convert the tracing to a Live Paint object, click Live Paint in the Control panel or choose Object > Live Trace > Convert To Live Paint. o Use this method if you want to apply fills and strokes to the traced artwork using the Live Paint Bucket tool.  To create a tracing and convert the tracing object in one step, choose Object > Live Trace > Make and Expand or Object > Live Trace > Make And Convert To Live Paint.
  8. 8. Advantages and Disadvantages of Live Trace  You can turn your sketches into vector graphics by using live trace to create the vector lines, vector points on top of your sketch with the pen tool using the sketch as a reference, or by using a Wacom tablet. Each one of them has their own advantages and disadvantages. Advantages:  Live trace is the simplest and perfect for beginners to vector graphics.  Time saving, since it takes hours and sometimes days to create a vector graphic, whereas live trace only requires a few minutes
  9. 9. Disadvantages:  Most live trace graphics have more lines and are a bit busier than the free hand vector graphics. Free hand vector graphics look a bit cleaner, as they usually have fewer lines.  Still a lot of work in involved in pepping up an image before using live trace to make the vector graphic interesting and attractive.  Need to put in a lot of effort in original sketching if it is to be vectored using live trace.

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