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Learn How To Use Trace Strokes and Changing the View in Illustrator
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Now, we got one more graphic element to make. It is going to be one of those defining elements and we are going to build it pretty much like we did before but we got a chance to a look at a couple of other features along the way.
To get started with it, I am going to go up to the “File” menu and choose “New”. And this is going to be border flames, so I will just give that a name, border flames. I am going to use the same default settings we did last time, so I will just click “OK” and there we have our new document.
Once again, we got a sketch from our designer that we are going to use as a basis for this one. So, I am going to use the “File” menu and choose “Place” bring that on in. Like before, our file will be on the Assets folder in the Lesson 2 folder and it is this one here, Flame02 that we are looking for. So, we will select that and we will choose “Place” and it will load it right into our document.
Now, this is a really simple sketch. These are just a few pencil lines but these defined little flickering flames we got here and we got a couple little indications of the top in the side of our border that we are going to be using. So, these will be flames kind of hanging off the left edge of the document.
A perfect example for me to use life trace once again. I will just set this up. I will use my hand tool with the spacebar and move this over, so we can have enough room to see our trace options over here on the side and once again, with our sketch selected, I choose life trace to initiate that.
Now, we are getting a default trace once again and that definitely does not look good enough, so we are going to bring up our options and see if we can modify this one just like before. I will go up to my tracing options dialogue box and bring those on up and of course we are going to want to click on the “Preview” to make sure that we can see any changes we make in the box.
Now, this time, the preset is definitely not doing it for us but I can kind of see why. Right off the bat, I really do not want fills on this case, I want just strokes along. There are nice pencil lines that we have drawn in. Now, I can either change it right here or I could choose a preset that is a little bit more appropriate.
In this case, I think hand drawn sketch is going to be a little bit closer to what we are looking for. We saw that on the last example and it did not worked to well with our flaming tire but it works really well here. You can see that it drops right in and I do not think I need to make any changes to any of the settings at all. I just got a nice vector, a presentation of those simple pencil sketch lines.
Now, before we click trace, I am going to make one small change and that is down the view settings here at the bottom. The two sides here raster vector are set up to give me the resulting image. In this case, I am not going to see the raster or the bitmap image, that is the original scan that we brought to base this tracing on. You can see that no image is going to delete that for us and all we will see is the result of the tracing operation.
I am just going to make a quick change because I still want to be able to reference that original image. I am going to change raster to original image and there you can see my scan that we brought in originally and we can see the results of the tracing operation on top of it. Okay, that is going to be good.
We will go ahead and click “Trace” now and that will complete our tracing operation and we will have our nice tracing object just like before. Now, while we got this reference image, I would like to draw in a few lines to represent that top and sides as were indicated by our artist sketch here.
So, I am just going to use the normal line segment tool and I am going to draw some very simple lines that will represent those for us. I will just click over here on the side and I am going to hold down the “Shift” key and that will make sure that that I get a horizontal line, no matter what.
So, see I am just drawing at a horizontal line where we were indicating that on the sketch. I want one for