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Chapter 5. Stylizing Footage > Converting Footage to Vectors with Creative Suit...

Converting Footage to Vectors with Creative Suite

A hallmark of the Creative Suite is how multiple applications can work together. Although there are several workflows for “tooning” footage, including the excellent Cartoon effect in After Effects, there are reasons to take the time for a truly advanced workflow. Here, we’ll harness After Effects, Illustrator, and Bridge to truly vectorize footage.

The process is all built around Illustrator’s Live Trace command. This option is usually used to turn raster images into vector files. Through a few special steps and flaming hoops of fire, it can be made to work on video clips as well. The benefit of using the Live Trace command is that the new footage is a vector file (Figure 5.16).


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