Join Angie Taylor for an in-depth discussion in this video Customizing settings for Live Trace, part of Animated Character Design with Illustrator.
Illustrator's got some fantastic tools to help you draw your characters by hand, …but it also has the most amazing tool which will allow you to automatically …trace drawings that you've done. Now, here I have a drawing that I did for …a BBC series called The Inventors. And this is a character that I want to …animate in After Effects. Now, I've spent a lot of time getting the …weight of the lines right. And instead of having to recreate all of …that manually in Illustrator, what I can do is automatically trace it using a …feature called Live Trace. Now, unlike manual tracing, you don't use …a Template Layer. So, what I'm going to do is double-click …the Template Layer here and switch off Template, and that's going to remove the …lock and remove the dimming on the image. Now, if you have place an image into …Illustrator, you want to make sure it's on a regular layer, not a Template Layer.…
Now, this is called Template Layer, but I'm going to rename it and call it Live …Trace Layer, just to save from any confusion. …
- Setting up the work area
- Bringing artwork into Illustrator
- Tracing artwork manually
- Creating complex shapes
- Working with paths
- Using Live Trace
- Coloring artwork
- Applying 3D effects
- Exporting artboards
- Options for saving files
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1. Setting Up the Work Area
2. Bringing Artwork into Illustrator
3. Tracing Artwork Manually
4. Creating Complex Shapes
5. Working with Paths
6. Using Live Trace
7. Coloring Artwork
8. Applying 3D Effects
Creating live 3D effects11m 31s
9. Finishing Touches
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