Image Tracing in Illustrator
Creative professionals have myriad ways to create images. From traditional media to the cameras in our phones to full-featured painting applications on tablets and PCs, the choices are nearly endless. Images we create can be scanned as TIFF files and saved as JPG, PNG, PSD, and other formats. To convert these and other pixel-based images into vector artwork, Illustrator provides a powerful function: Image Trace. Let’s examine how it works!
Starting Point: Place an Image
Start by placing a raster (non-vector) image onto your artboard. Choose File > Place, or drag an image from the Library panel. To find an image to experiment with, visit Adobe Stock, click Free, and search for a particular image. Click the License button on the image to add it to your Library. I did that to get the lotus flower in Figure 1.. . . .
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