Trace Images to Objects in Adobe Illustrator CS6

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  1. 1
    You should have Illustrator open and an image ready to be printed.
    In this video, a photograph is used.
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    Click the "Selection Tool" black arrow at the top-left side of the toolbar to select the image.
    You can also use different selection tools if you are working with more complicated shapes.
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  3. 3
    Click the object.
    A thin blue frame with corners will appear, which means that your object is now selected and ready for editing. There are several ways that you can trace an image on Illustrator.
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  4. 4
    First, click "Object" in the top left-hand corner.
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    Move the cursor to "Image Trace".
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    Click "Make".
    A small screen might pop-up to notify you of potential changes when working with large images.
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    You can just press "OK" to proceed.
    It may take a few seconds to trace the image, especially if it is large. When completed, a default trace will be applied to your object. Usually, this is sufficient, but it depends upon with what you are working. This method may not give you much freedom to adjust settings.
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    Press "Ctrl" + "Z" to undo the last action.
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    The next method is to click the object so it is selected.
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    Click the small arrow next to "Tracing Presets".
    It is almost in the center of the window. A drop-down menu will be revealed.
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    From the menu, you can click whether you prefer for your trace to look like "Sketched Art" or like a "Silhouette", for example.
    Simply select the one that applies to you. Let's click "Line Art". A warning box may appear with a message about large image sizes.
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    If you like, check the "Do not show again" box.
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    Click "OK".
    You can see Illustrator has changed the image to "Line Art". It can be noted in "Preset" along the top of the workspace.
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    You can click the "View" drop-down menu.
    You can click one of the options.
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    You can click some of the axes to change them as well.
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    You can press "Ctrl" + "Z" to undo the last action.
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This concludes our tutorial showing you how to trace an image in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or comments regarding this video or the program used, then just add them to the comment section below. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!

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