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Chapter 5. Color and Painting > Using Live Trace

Using Live Trace

Live Trace automatically turns placed images into beautifully detailed vector graphics that are easy to edit, resize, and manipulate. Live Trace reduces the amount of time it takes to recreate a scanned drawing on-screen from days to minutes, without loss of quality.

1.
With vectorman.ai open, take the Selection tool () and select the vectorman sketch.

Note that the Control palette, options change when the scanned image is activated.

2.
Click on the Live Trace button on the Control palette. The image has been converted to a vector image.

Choose the Live Trace button to recreate the artwork as vector.

Understand that the reason it is called Live Trace is that you can change the settings, or even the original placed image, and see immediate updates in Illustrator.

3.
In this example, you selected the default trace setting, which worked fine for this image, but click on the Tracing options dialog button () on the Control Panel, and check Preview to experiment with other presets and options.

Change options using the Tracing Options dialog window.

As you see, the Live Trace feature can interpret black and white sketches as well as full-color images.

4.
After experimenting with other settings, choose Cancel.

5.
Choose File > Save.


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