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Tracing Artwork with Illustrator
Illustration by John Hersey

Tracing Artwork with Illustrator

with Justin Seeley

Video: Welcome

(music playing) Hi there! My name is Justin Seeley, and I'm a staff author here at Lynda.com. I want to welcome you to this course on Tracing Artwork with Adobe Illustrator. Tracing Artwork is an essential part of any designer's workflow. We're going to start off with some core tracing concepts, wherein I help you set your expectations for what Illustrator is actually capable of, and I'll walk you through some of the most common tracing scenarios that you might encounter in the real world as well. From there, I'll walk you through my personal workflows when it comes to cleaning up your raster graphics for better tracing results, and scanning original artwork and getting it into Adobe Illustrator.
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  1. 1m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      34s
  2. 29m 4s
    1. Setting your expectations
      5m 6s
    2. Exploring common tracing scenarios
      3m 9s
    3. Analyzing existing artwork
      4m 1s
    4. Scanning original artwork
      5m 22s
    5. Cleaning up raster artwork
      6m 47s
    6. Understanding tracing terminology
      4m 39s
  3. 17m 34s
    1. Autotracing vs. manual creation
      4m 7s
    2. Developing a tracing plan
      3m 58s
    3. Setting up your artwork for autotracing
      5m 54s
    4. Setting up your artwork for manual creation
      3m 35s
  4. 22m 36s
    1. Exploring the three steps of tracing
      6m 55s
    2. Exploring the Image Trace panel
      8m 53s
    3. Quick tracing with presets
      6m 48s
  5. 59m 38s
    1. Adjusting the tracing palette
      14m 1s
    2. Adjusting pixel assignment
      4m 11s
    3. Adjusting the curve fitting
      12m 18s
    4. Basic tracing: Photos
      7m 15s
    5. Basic tracing: Line art
      8m 2s
    6. Expanding your artwork
      4m 10s
    7. Cleaning up stray pixels
      3m 5s
    8. Removing unwanted anchor points
      6m 36s
  6. 29m 1s
    1. Creating with shapes
      4m 31s
    2. Using the Pathfinder panel
      5m 51s
    3. Exploring the Shape Builder tool
      7m 12s
    4. Re-creating basic structures
      7m 44s
    5. Creating complex shapes
      3m 43s
  7. 37m 44s
    1. Creating with the Pen tool
      5m 45s
    2. Basic Pen tool operations
      8m 22s
    3. Tracing basic lines and shapes
      10m 23s
    4. Tracing curves and complex areas
      8m 14s
    5. Combining paths into shapes
      5m 0s
  8. 17m 34s
    1. Tracing text by hand
      5m 26s
    2. Finding fonts on the web
      7m 20s
    3. Setting type yourself
      4m 48s
  9. 10m 59s
    1. Creating a color palette
      2m 32s
    2. Applying colors to your artwork
      2m 55s
    3. Creating color groups from your tracing
      5m 32s
  10. 18m 36s
    1. Turning a photo into a logo component
      8m 11s
    2. Vectorizing a technical drawing
      10m 25s
  11. 1m 11s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 11s

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Tracing Artwork with Illustrator
4h 5m Intermediate Mar 21, 2013

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Discover how to trace artwork in Adobe Illustrator and convert raster graphics into vector form. This course shows how to perform auto tracing with the Image Trace panel as well as create artwork from scratch using the Shape Builder and the Pen tool. Author Justin Seeley shares several real-world tracing scenarios, which will help you learn how to assess artwork, determine its traceability, and then convert it into vector form in a variety of different ways.

Topics include:
  • Analyzing the existing artwork
  • Developing a tracing plan
  • Setting up your artwork
  • Exploring the three steps of tracing
  • Adjusting the curve fitting
  • Combining paths into shapes
  • Tracing text by hand
  • Applying colors to your artwork
Subjects:
Design Illustration Drawing
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Justin Seeley

Welcome

(music playing) Hi there! My name is Justin Seeley, and I'm a staff author here at Lynda.com. I want to welcome you to this course on Tracing Artwork with Adobe Illustrator. Tracing Artwork is an essential part of any designer's workflow. We're going to start off with some core tracing concepts, wherein I help you set your expectations for what Illustrator is actually capable of, and I'll walk you through some of the most common tracing scenarios that you might encounter in the real world as well. From there, I'll walk you through my personal workflows when it comes to cleaning up your raster graphics for better tracing results, and scanning original artwork and getting it into Adobe Illustrator.

Next up, we'll dive into using Illustrator's image trace feature, and I'll also show you how to finalize those tracings, and turn pixels into live editable paths. We'll turn a sketch into Vector artwork from scratch. We'll also build a logo from a photograph, and we'll create a pop art style poster. By the end of this course, you should have all the information you need to recreate almost any piece of artwork that's put in front of you. Let's jump right in, and begin this course on Tracing Artwork with Adobe Illustrator.

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