Image Trace Image in Illustrator
● Import a file into Illustrator and use Image Trace to create a Greyscale effect.
✓ Image Trace ✓ Free Transform Tool ✓ Clipping Mask
• This tutorial is used as part of the Free Trade Project.
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Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Open Your Project in Illustrator ~
✓ Open YOUR PROJECT from this tutorial in Illustrator …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
✓ … make a New Layer, and lock your other layers.
Step #2: Lasso Around your Face ~
✓ Find an image from one of the following categories:
Architecture – Famous buildings – Landmarks – Landscapes – Monuments – Geographical Features – Official Seals – Mottos – Shields – National Symbols and Seals – Famous Sports Legends – Flags – Historical Icons – Military Heroes - Important Battles - Political Figures – Portraits of People from the Past or Present – Flora and Fauna – Unique Plants and Animals – Places to See - State Flowers – Indigenous American Indians
✓ Copy the image and paste into your document.
Step #3: Transform the Shape ~
✓ Get the Free Transform Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (e) …
✓ … and holding the Shift (⇧) key squeeze the image to fit your composition.
Step #4: Image Trace ~
✓ With the image selected, go to: Window > Image Trace and click Preview …
Step #5: Grayscale ~
✓ In the Tracing Options Control panel, turn on Preview and locate Mode.
✓ Choose Grayscale …
Step #6: Adjustments ~
✓ Click on "Advanced" and raise the Paths and Corners - but not TOO MUCH.
Step #7: Expand ~
✓ Now, with the Selection Tool select the image, and click on the Expand button or go to: Object > Expand …
Step #8: Ellipse Tool ~
✓ Get the Ellipse Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (L) …
✓ … and draw an Ellipse shape over your image.
✓ Use the Free Transform Tool to make it fit.
Step #9: Select Both Shapes ~
✓ Shift-Click both objects to select them at the same time …
✓ … then Right-Click and select Make Clipping Mask.
Step #10: Feathering ~
✓ Then go to: Effect > Stylize > Feather, hit preview …
✓ … and set the Feather Radius to your preference.
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✓ Go to: File > Save as … and save your work as an .ai document.
✓ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.ai]
• 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.
✓ If you are working on the Free Trade project, continue making a rounded frame around your image by doing the 114-borders-ai.htm tutorial …
✓ If you are working on the Picture Perfect Project, continue the 290-propaganda-ai.htm tutorial …