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New Features and Tools

For those of you who have used Illustrator before, there are several new features and tools that make working with Illustrator in CS2 a process that is both easier and more exciting.

Live Trace

Live Trace may very well end up being your favorite new feature (see Figure 13.1). It's certainly the one that has garnered the most attention and praise from the technology press. Import a bitmap graphic—including photos—into your Illustrator document, and then use Live Trace to convert it to a vector graphic. After the conversion has taken place, you can edit the object as if you created it yourself in Illustrator. Live Trace also works on scanned graphics. That means those great ideas you have that end up drawn on cocktail napkins no longer need to be traced—or even worse, redrawn—on the computer. Just scan the drawing, import it into Illustrator, and convert it with Live Trace. In three steps you're ready to start working with your drawing.


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