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Monday, August 29, 2016

Turn your Sketches into Vector Art

Turn your Sketches into Vector Art. How to Use Image Trace and Live Paint in Adobe Illustrator.  | Tutorial at Christina Mann Designs.

I realize many of you
may be using Adobe Illustrator
to turn your images into vector art.

But if you're a beginner,
this tutorial is for you! 
We're going to stick with the basics today.

I love to sketch! 
Whether realistically or in a stylized contour-drawing manner, its so much fun.

"Vectorizing" your drawings 
--which means they can be resized 
from tiny to huge without losing quality--
means you can use them for posters, 
greeting cards, fabric, or any number of 
projects that appeal to Makers.

Turn your Sketches into Vector Art. How to Use Image Trace and Live Paint in Adobe Illustrator.  | Tutorial at Christina Mann Designs.


To turn a simple sketch
into vector art: scan it or photograph it,
and drop it into Adobe Illustrator as shown above. 

You are going to use the Image Trace option,
and there are several ways to access it.
It will pop up on your 
workspace ribbon (see green dotted arrow) as
soon as you drop your sketch onto your artboard.

If you take care to click the arrow next to the Image Trace button, you will 
that there are many "presets"
in the Image Trace dropdown menu.

For a simple contour drawing as in this example,
"silhouettes" is a good option.

Do play with the different options to see what
they produce. 

Turn your Sketches into Vector Art. How to Use Image Trace and Live Paint in Adobe Illustrator.  | Tutorial at Christina Mann Designs.

Also note that you can access an additional 
Image Trace window from the "Window" menu.
It will give you the box shown 
in the bottom left of both photos above.

Use this window to adjust the "Threshold" if your lines come out too thick or too thin.

Turn your Sketches into Vector Art. How to Use Image Trace and Live Paint in Adobe Illustrator.  | Tutorial at Christina Mann Designs.

Once you've completed the "Image Trace" to your satisfaction, you will want to click the "Expand" button on your workspace ribbon. Alternatively you can access "Expand" from the Object pulldown menu. Both ways are pictured above.

This allows you to fine-tune the image by deleting stray anchor points, closing gaps, or what have you. You want to have good, solid lines that connect to do the next step: Coloring!
We'll tackle that in the next post.


If you have any AI shortcuts you'd like to share,
please do so in the comments.


Turn your Sketches into Vector Art. How to Use Image Trace and Live Paint in Adobe Illustrator.  | Tutorial at Christina Mann Designs.



Next up: Coloring with Live Paint in Adobe Illustrator...

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1 comment:

  1. I'm really excited to find this. I've been wanting to learn how to use AI and this helps a lot for what I would like to do. Thank you so much
    XO- Jenny

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