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how to use the 'live trace' in photoshop?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    never heard about that in PS. maybe you're referring to illustrator? if so, i don't know then.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Image Trace Photoshop

  • 1 decade ago

    Hey,

    Live Trace is an Illustrator thing. If you do have Illustrator, you literally just open the image up, click anywhere on it to select it, then go to Object->Live Trace->Tracing Options.

    There are a bunch of presets to play with (it's a drop down menu), but make sure that you change the "Mode" drop-down to greyscale or color unless you want an image that contains only pure black or pure white. You can play around with the other settings - it's a bit too much to get into without knowing exactly what effect you're going for and what source image you're using.

    One thing to note - if the button above CANCEL in the "Tracing Options" dialog box reads "Set Default", you haven't selected your image. If this happens, hit cancel and click on the image again (you should see a thin red line outlining the image), then go back to Object->Live Trace->Tracing Options.

    When you're done, save the file as a .ai (Illustrator native format) and then export it (File->Export...) as a PSD or TIFF to carry on working on it in Photoshop (or a JPEG if you want to send it straight out on an email).

    If you don't have Illustrator, then, er, this won't help.

    Cheers!

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Live Trace Photoshop

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  • Tim D
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    You can, using a selection tool, create a path from a selection (under the path menu), if you use the magic wand selection tool you will get a jagged edge and too many points in your path. However, sophisticated shapes that you draw using the lasso tools will convert to paths quite well, if you have anything beyond a lasso tool's capabilities you use the pen tool anyway. By converting the paths back into selections you can then fill them – this is obviously a lot more time-consuming than an autotrace option.

    There are online vectorising sites which will convert your Photoshop files.

    You can also achieve the autotrace look by posterising the image.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I have photoshop and use it everyday and I haven't even heard of this! Sorry.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    If you want to preserve the paths be sure to paste it as a shape layer vs. a smart object. A smart Object will nest it as the original .ai file. As a shape will preserve the paths in photoshop.

  • janett
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    place C4 near the CPU

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