• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint

Final Thoughts

If you're saying to yourself, hey, why not just Live Trace the whole portrait and be done with it? Sure, that's an option—a good one for some photos. But, before you make that decision, try it in a new document. Live Trace, and then click the Expand button. Notice how the whole thing is obscured by colored anchor points? Open the Document Info palette from the Window menu. From that palette's flyout menu, select Objects and Selection Only. Your results may differ slightly, but when I use the same settings I applied to the hair on the entire Model.psd, my Document Info palette tells me the trace result contains 18,566 closed paths, 98,090 anchor points, and 367 compound paths. I dare you to try printing something that complex. After about an hour of chewing your printer will come back with a “no freakin' way, man” error message.

Your service bureau's RIP would do the same.


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint