In this chapter, Deke creates his own custom shape in the form of an intricate, leafless tree by auto-tracing it in Illustrator. In this video, Deke shows you how to prepare a photographic image for tracing in Photoshop. He starts with a full-color, high-resolution stock photo from dreamstime.com/deke. To convert it to black-and-white, bring up the Channels panel; select the Red, Green, or Blue channels; and choose Image > Mode > Grayscale. And then save the result as a JPEG file.
- [Instructor] All right, so here I am inside Illustrator … looking at a piece of artwork that contains three trees, … all of which are custom shapes … that ship along with Photoshop. … In fact, the one in the center is a simplified version … of that U tree. … What I want to do is create my own custom shape … in the form of this elaborate compound path … by automatically tracing a photographic image … here inside Illustrator and so I'm going to start things up … by showing you how to prepare such an image in Photoshop … and so I'll go ahead and switch over to that program … at which point we are seeing the tree … that we will be tracing … and notice up here in a title tab … that we're seeing the word gray in parentheses … and that tells us that we have a single channel image … with no color whatsoever … known in the world of photography as black and white. … Now, the original version of the photograph comes to us … from the Dreamstime image library … about which you can learn more … and get some great deals at dreamstime.com/deke. …
- Creating custom shapes with a simple drag
- Combining custom shapes onto a single Photoshop layer
- Copying and pasting custom shapes
- Smoothing out jagged outlines with the Simplify command
- Creating your own custom shape with Image Trace
- Integrating custom shapes into vector-based artwork