Image Trace your Map in Illustrator

    ●   Use Image Trace to Change a Pixilated image into Vector.

Learn About:

Image Trace Options SymbolsSwatches

  •   This tutorial is part of a series:

  ●   153-map-template-ai.htm   ●   150-road-maps-ai.htm   ●   274-coastline-brush-ai.htm
  ●   180-image-trace-symbols-ai.htm    ●   158_border_Ps.htm    ●   320-map-text-ai.htm

  •   This tutorial is part of the CD Cover and What in the World? Projects.

Other People's Work:

Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.


Step #1: Open your Project in Illustrator ~

Open your project in Illustrator

    ●   If you are working on the
CD Cover Project open that ...

    ●   OR, if you are working on the
What in The World? open your map ...



… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …


Step #2: New Layer ~

Make a New Layer, lock your other layers.

Step #3: Find a Picture you can Use in your Project ~

Find something you can use in your project:

new layer


… if you're making a CD, find an image that symbolizes your music, like a fish or a tree, a pumpkin, a globe, something you can use …









… OR, if you're making map, find an image that represents your destination, like the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House or something that would look good on your map …




… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …

Step #4: Live Trace ~

With the image selected, go to: Window > Image Trace and click Preview …

… choose Color mode …

… and adjust the number of colors.

Live Trace turns a pixel image to vector.

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Step #5: Expand ~

Now, with the Selection Tool , select the image, and click on the Expand button or go to: Object > Expand

… to break up the image.

Step #6: Delete the Background ~

Now get the Direct Selection Tool l or hit the keyboard shortcut (a) …

… click the background shapes and hit Delete.

Step #7: Eraser Tool ~

Then get the Eraser Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letters: (Shift (⇧) + E) +


… to get rid of everything else.

Last Step: Save and Attach ~

Save your work as -]

Attach it!

  •   ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:

  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.

  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.