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Covering a wide range of topics, from advanced masking to chart creation, Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics reveals a whole new level of power, creativity, and efficiency with Illustrator. Instructor Mordy Golding explores how to work with Live Paint groups, get the most out of the Live Trace feature, and take advantage of Illustrator’s wide range of effects. He also discusses advanced transformation techniques, powerful 3D functionality, and important color concepts. Exercise files accompany the course.
There is no question that the Live Trace feature inside of Illustrator can be incredibly fun to use. However, there may be times when you are working that you need to apply a Live Trace to many, many objects and it can be somewhat tedious to have to open up each individual file and apply a Live Trace setting to it and you just wish that there was some way to automate that process. Well, the good news is that there is inside of Adobe Bridge. I'm going to switch over to Bridge, which is a completely different application I can use to visually browse my files, and I'll point to my desktop here. I can select any image that I want to. In this case, I'll actually select four images on my desktop.
Next, I'll go to the Tools menu and I'll choose Illustrator, and then I could choose an option here called Live Trace. This launches a Bridge script that allows me to apply Live Trace to multiple images at one time. Here I can choose a Tracing Preset. Notice by the way that some of the ones that I have created appear here as well. Let me choose for example, the Color 6 one. I can choose to take all these images and turn them into one document with multiple layers or by leaving this option unchecked I'll simply create four different files for the four files that I have selected. I'll choose a Document Profile for each of those new documents.
For example, maybe I'll choose Web profile and I can choose a Destination of where I want these files to go. I'll leave them at my desktop here and then I'll click Choose. When I click OK, Bridge will automatically communicate with Illustrator, create the necessary files, perform the Live Traces and then save and close them. The great thing about this is that while this is happening, I can go out for lunch, walk away from my desk, and when I come back everything is automatically done for me. As you can see, I now have four Illustrator files, which I have created with very little effort. Even if you don't use Adobe Bridge that often you still might find use in this particular script.
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