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Tracing

You can use the Auto Trace tool to trace any image that's opened via File > Place, such as a scanned photo or drawing. This tool tends to create extraneous anchor points and also places points in inappropriate locations, so you'll need to do some cleanup afterwards. If your artwork is simple (high contrast) or if you're deliberately looking for a rough, hand- drawn look, this is the tool to use. For photographs, you'll be better off tracing with the Pen or Pencil tool (see page 206). P.S. Adobe Streamline traces more accurately and offers many more options than Illustrator's Auto Trace tool.

Note: To control how exactly the Auto Trace tool traces a path, go to Edit > Preferences > Type & Auto Tracing. The higher the Auto Trace Tolerance (0–10 pt), the less precisely an object will be traced, and the fewer anchor points will be created. The Tracing Gap (0–2 pt) is the minimum width a gap in linework must be in order to be traced. With a high Tracing Gap setting, you'll probably get a lot of extraneous points.


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