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With the CS6 release, Adobe Illustrator is turning 25 and has a new look and a few new features. In this course, Justin Seeley hosts a tour of the interface changes and the tools introduced in this version. The course covers Pattern Options for creating simple, repeatable patterns for web graphics, advanced tracing options with the Image Tracing tool, and the improved performance and file management features. Justin also discusses the exclusive features you get with the Creative Cloud subscription to Illustrator, like the ability to quickly unembed images and one-click file packaging.
This course was updated on 10/04/2012.
After you've traced your artwork using the Image Trace feature in Illustrator CS6, you'll want to convert the tracing into paths so that you can manipulate it just like any other object in Illustrator. In order to do this, you have to do something called expanding your artwork. Expanding an object in Illustrator allows you to divide a single object, in this case your tracing, into multiple objects that make up its appearance. It should be noted that expanding your artwork converts it from its current Image Trace state and you'll no longer be able to tweak your Trace settings after you've expanded it.
This should be the very last step you perform when you're tracing artwork. In order to expand your tracing, you can do one of two things, with the object selected, you can A; hit the Expand button in the Control panel, or B; open the Object menu, go down to Expand. For this exercise, I'm simply going to come out and hit the Expand button. As you can see, Illustrator instantly converts my tracing object into a regular Illustrator object comprised of multiple paths and anchor points. You'll notice I can now move and resize this object anyway I want, just like any other object without any rendering whatsoever.
Again I've lost the ability to tweak my tracing settings, so it's very important to remember not to expand your object until you're 100% happy with your tracing results.
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