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    I am a student undertaking course of digital media. I heard that Illustrator CS3 or higher version have a tool for converting images to vector. Can anyone tell me where I can find that tool if it actually exists.

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    Yes there is, its called 'live trace'.

    You should find it under the objects menu. Also, it should show up on the top bar when you have an image selected.

    There are all sorts of presets from ink outlines, to full colour reproductions in vector. Or, you can adjust all the settings yourself.

    Note that you will need to 'expand' the converted graphic to be able to break it apart and edit the shapes individually.


    Hope this helps!

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    Thank you for your help!!

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    Try to find and download a source freeware vector imaging program. I am sure you can find someone better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nimiety View Post
    Try to find and download a source freeware vector imaging program. I am sure you can find someone better.
    I would not recommend using the open source image editors over Adobe. Yes they are the cheap alternative but the price you pay for Illustrator and Photoshop is well worth it.

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    Live Trace is the way to go.

    Thats if you wanted it done quickly with small amounts of detail.

    Otherwise, use the Pen Tool to slowly grab every detail.

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    Problem with live trace is that it does not scale well so sorta defeats the purpose of vector but it can give a cool oil painting effect.

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    i personally dont like live trace at all. its buggy and ends up making your files really big. in the end the pen tool is your best friend, also that way theres no copyright problems =P

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    live trace is good. but creating your own vector images is the way to go. tracing is what we did in school, we are all big kids now. draw design create


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