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The Non-Designer’s Illustrator Book by John Tollett, Robin Williams

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8. Draw with Live Trace

Illustrator can trace raster images, such as digital photos or scans of drawn or sketched images. It has two kinds of tracing: manual and automatic. Pages 6774 showed how you can manually trace a reference file using drawing tools, but Illustrator’s Live Trace feature creates the tracing for you automatically.

Automatic tracing is different from the manual version in several ways.

ONE:     It’s extremely fast. And after you trace an image, the finished drawing is editable, just like any other artwork in Illustrator.

TWO:    It’s extremely accurate, depending on the tracing options you choose.

THREE: It’s extremely flexible. You can create vastly different drawings from the same source file.

FOUR:   It’s extremely easy. ...

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