The Live Trace feature has received a lot of attention because it makes creating vector graphics out of bitmap objects a fast and easy process.Live Trace may very well end up being your favorite new feature. It's certainly the one that has garnered the most attention and praise from the technology press. Import a bitmap graphic including photos into your Illustrator document, and then use Live Trace to convert it to a vector graphic. After the conversion has taken place, you can edit the object as if you created it yourself in Illustrator. Live Trace also works on scanned graphics. That means those great ideas you have that end up drawn on cocktail napkins no longer need to be tracedor even worse, redrawnon the computer.

  1. Just scan the drawing,
  2. import it into Illustrator,
  3. and convert it with Live Trace.

In three steps you're done!


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