How to Trace Artwork with the Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator


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Tracing artwork with the Pen tool

Now we have come to a point where we are ready to start putting what we've learned into a practical application. And in this movie, we are going to be drawing a simple cartoon character utilizing the Pen tool inside of Illustrator. As you can see, I have got this document open called tracing_bear. And inside of this document, I actually have two layers, and I realize we haven't talked about layers yet, but let me bring this out, so you can see what I have got going on. The idea here is that you have received artwork from a client, and the artwork from the client is in a raster-based format of some kind. It might be a JPEG, or a TIFF; either way, it's not suitable for use in Illustrator, and you need to be able to trace that artwork for use in your projects.

This is how I start any tracing that I'm about to do inside of Illustrator. I put the artwork that I'm going to be tracing on a layer called Background, and then I lock that layer. That way, I cannot alter that layer...

Tracing artwork with the Pen tool
Video duration: 12m 29s 8h 49m Beginner

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Tracing artwork with the Pen tool provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Justin Seeley as part of the Illustrator CS6 Essential Training

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Design
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Illustrator
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