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Learn How To Trace And Convert An Image Into Vector in Illustrator CS6

Image Trace is a New Feature in Adobe Illustrator CS6. It will convert the raster images to editable vectors using a completely new tracing in less time.

In this tutorial learn about Image Trace feature, which can automatically turn the photos into a vector graphic.

Learn How To Trace And Convert An Image Into Vector in Illustrator CS6

Step 1 : In Adobe Illustrator CS6, open a new document using the File > New

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Step 2 : Specify the width and height as 470px & 350px. Thereafter save the file.

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Step 3 : Choose File > Place to place an image into an Illustrator artboard. Here I have used a girl image.

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If you need to resize the image then you can use “Free Transform Tool

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Step 4 : Choose Window > Image Trace to open the Image Trace panel.

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As soon as the Image Tracing Preset with drop-down menu appears on the top with many Preset.

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The Preset menu offers more options, we can choose a tracing method from them.

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Step 5 : Press the “Image Trace Panel” Icon on the top to select the perfect preset which suits your option pretty well.

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Image Tracing settings can be made in the Tracing Options dialog box. You can also get additional setting options, if you press the Advanced option in the Image Trace panel.

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Step 6 : Let’s apply Image tracing preset to the image. I’ll be using here the Preset Low Fidelity Photo.

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It allows the quick creation of the image tracing with limited colors : 241 as shown below

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Step 7 : Try out with many preset. The below image is the outcome of the “Line Art” preset.

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Note : Selecting Object > Image Trace > Release, we can always remove the tracing, returning it to a raster image.

Step 8 : Apply the preset “Sketched Art

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Adjust the settings as below.

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Step 9 : The Threshold option is to create more darker pixel. Hence if you make the threshold value more then the image will be darker as below.

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Here I have adjusted the Paths to 85% to get more details of thhe image. Always make sure the value of Noise to be in lower value.

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Step 10 : Check the Fill option & Ignore White box.

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Step 11 : That’s it we have obtained the final tracing image.

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Step 12 : To convert an image into vector object with the optimal amount of points. Click the Expand button.

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Step 13 : Converted the final image into editable vector object.

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Step 14 : The final image along with the original image for you to compare.

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