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Image Trace in Illustrator — a Tutorial and Guide

Image Trace panel

Image Trace in Illustrator — a Tutorial and Guide

Image Trace in Adobe Illustrator lets you convert raster images to editable vectors using a new tracing engine introduced in Illustrator CS6. With this fresh approach to tracing, you can quickly get premium results with image sensing that automatically applies the most appropriate tracing preset. And you still have full control to finesse your tracing with an Image Trace panel that presents all options in one place.

If you’re familiar with the old Live Trace feature, you’ll find the new interface more intuitive and interactive. You also get cleaner lines, more accurate fitting, better color recognition, and more reliable results thanks to the refined technology.


Tracing workspaceImage Trace replaces the Live Trace feature in previous versions of Illustrator. Both Image Trace and Live Trace convert images to vectors (editable line art) and feature presets for easily creating various effects. Beyond the presets in the new Image Trace, you will find that the sliders and check boxes are different from those in Live Trace, both in quantity and often in purpose. And Image Trace produces far better results, more quickly, using intuitive, easy controls. No more struggling with complex options.

This tutorial and guide covers how to use most of the new sliders and checkboxes, and includes a brief overview of the presets. Discover the ease of use of Image Trace by exploring these sections:

Part 1: Orientation: Anatomy of the Image Trace panel

  1. Presets
  2. Mode
  3. Palette
  4. Colors

Image Trace panelPart 2: Overview: Quick start-to-finish trace using presets

  1. Place an image
  2. Choose among presets
  3. Expand the tracing

Part 3: In Depth: Colors with palette selection

  1. Limited palette
  2. Full Tone palette
  3. Automatic palette
  4. Document Library palette
  5. Mode menu

Part 4: In Depth: Assigning pixels to shapes

  1. Pixel assignment
  2. Noise slider
  3. Strokes and Fills

Results of Image Trace PresetsPart 5: In Depth: Precise paths with curve fitting

  1. The Paths slider
  2. The Corners slider
  3. The Snap to Lines checkbox
  4. Abutting versus Overlapping paths

Part 6: Wrapping up

Part 1: Orientation: Anatomy of the Image Trace panel

Here is a brief tour of the Image Trace panel. Begin by creating a new document in Illustrator. Switch to the Tracing workspace so that you can see the Image Trace and other relevant panels.

Place an image for tracing into your Illustrator artboard. When the image is selected, you can see that the options in the Image Trace panel become available. At the top of the panel are the basic options; you can expose additional options by turning the triangle next to the Advanced label.

Image_012a Limited palette selectoin Image Trace settings and results. Noise Slider controls in Image Trace

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Technique worked pretty well

by annagypsey

I never could find the YouTube
tutorial "Adobe Illustrator Sketch"
that I was looking for, but I
tried out bring a sketch into
AI and using the pen tool to
bring out the outline.
It works pretty well...
Adobe Illustrator CS5 used
effect->photocopy which
turned a black and white
photo into a sketch. Then
I used the pen tool to fill
out the outline.
Used old photo of me when
I was 21.


Adobe illustrator?

How is it that people can create pictures of people that look like real people, like what tools do they use, i want to try and make some people.

Your primary tool will be the Bezier tool (aka Pen Tool). You could also use the Freehand tool (which lets you draw the way you'd draw on paper) but for the smoothest lines/curves, Bezier is the way to go. There are plenty of tutorials on the internet and some on Youtube that teach you how to do vector art. Good luck.

Sarah J
How to i turn my drawings into images like this on adobe..?

I wanna change my pencil drawings into images like this but i can't find any tutorials ANYWHERE.

does anyone know how to make these?

please please help me!
as i eventually want to put my designs on t-shirts.


If you have Adobe Illustrator, scan or photograph your drawings and use the Live Trace option, this isn't perfect, for a better finish you will need to redraw the scan using bezier curves (the pen and pencil tools). The advantage Illustrator has over Photoshop for this form is that vector graphics are, in theory, infinitely scalable without losing quality and will be easier to reproduce for screenprinting.

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