Join Angie Taylor for an in-depth discussion in this video Expanding artwork for fine-tuning, part of Animated Character Design with Illustrator.
Once I've live traced my drawing. I may want to start making adjustments …too the paths for example, and just fine tuning it. …Now if I expand it so that I can get access to the Bézier controls that …determine the paths. You'll notice that I get sometimes quite …complicated Bézier paths and this further complicated by the fact that each of …these paths, or each of these lines, rather has a path on either side of it. …So, if I wanted to use my traditional techniques for adjusting the paths.…
I would adjust one side, and then I'd have to adjust the other side. …And you can see I get into all sorts of problems where paths cross over, so I …don't recommend doing that. What I recommend doing is if you want to …adjust any of these paths, use the reshape tool. …So I can use things like the warp tool, just to adjust that path. …If I make sure the whole thing is selected, okay, and then use the warp tool. …It will walk the whole path and I can start to reshape my path, fatten it up or …thin it down by using pucker and bloat. So there's all sorts of ways of …
- 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
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9. Finishing Touches
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