Image Trace your Movie Poster in Illustrator

    ●  All Horror Movies have a Helpless Victim in a Painc.

    ●  Find an image you can use in your project, and use Image Trace to make it into a Vector Image.

Learn About:

Live Trace in IllustratorSwitching between .psd and .ai formats

  •   This tutorial is part of the Monster Mesh Movie Poster projects.

Other People's Work:

Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

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Step #1: Open Illustrator ~

Open YOUR PROJECT in Illustrator

movie poster drawing example


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

… make a New Layer and lock lock your other layers.

new layer

Step #2: Find a Picture ~

Find something you can USE IN YOUR PROJECT:

A Horrified Face, a Screaming Girl, a Bloody Victim, pictures of a Screaming Crowd, a bunch of Screaming Girls at a Concert

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Anything you can USE IN YOUR WORK, copy the and paste it on the new layer.

Step #3: Live Trace ~

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

Step #4: Tweak the Threshold ~

In the Tracing Options Control panel, turn on Preview and locate Mode


… choose Color

… click on "Advanced" and raise the Paths and Corners - but not TOO MUCH.

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) …

direct selection tool

… click the background shapes and hit Delete.

Step #7: Eraser Tool ~

Lastly, get the Eraser Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letters (Shift(⇧) + E) shift key + e key


… and get rid of the rest.

Last Step: Save and Attach ~




STOP HERE - step #7 is ONLY if you are making working in Photoshop or Flash. Otherwise, save your work as an .ai document here.



(Optional Last Step) #8: - ONLY if you are working in Photoshop or Flash ~

Remember, step #7 is ONLY if you are working in Photoshop or Flash.

If you're working on a Photoshop project, go to: File > Place … and place the Illustrator file …


… or in Flash go to: File > Import to Stage …

Last Step: Save and Attach ~


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.