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Create paths or outlines

Community Beginner ,
May 24, 2024 May 24, 2024

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I am obviously doing something very basic wrong.

 

I add a picture to the canvas (what sort of file should this be?) it could be photo, one colour shape etc.

 

go to - object, path, everything is greyed out.

 

Go to -type, create outlines is greyed out.

 

Go to magic wand nothing gets selected (like it would in photo shop).

 

When I use the selection tool (rhs) I just have a box around the whole image box (not the picture without even if imported from photo shop with deleted background). 

if I use selection tool (lhs) nothing can be moved or manipulated.

 

every video online I try to copy I cannot copy as nothing works like on the video 

 

I would really appreciate some help I have spent hours trying to do some really basic stuff and I just want to cry! 

I love photoshop how can I be so dumb at this !!!

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Community Expert , May 24, 2024 May 24, 2024

You can use Photoshop.

Please check out: https://youtu.be/4ktH0keKwa4

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May 24, 2024 May 24, 2024

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You can use Photoshop.

Please check out: https://youtu.be/4ktH0keKwa4

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Community Beginner ,
May 24, 2024 May 24, 2024

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Wow ty, I managed the path in ps and imported into illustrator. I don't really understand about what type of colour it has to be in. When I click on path finder it doesn't allow me to expand and I cannot make the path into a complex path. So if I colour my path the whole box contains the picture changes colour rather than the little outline

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Community Beginner ,
May 24, 2024 May 24, 2024

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I have got to this stage where I have expanded now but it doesn't say compound shape and there's no option to colour it

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May 24, 2024 May 24, 2024

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Can you save the file as a PDF (with the Illustrator editing preserved) and attach it here or upload it to a hoster of your choice (Adobe Cloud or Dropbox or similar) and post the link?

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Community Beginner ,
May 24, 2024 May 24, 2024

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My daughter has gad s go for me following the video and done it- thanks so much, I'm just having an issue with the image trace I am getting some white bits remaining 

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May 24, 2024 May 24, 2024

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Have you ticked the "Remove white" box in the image trace dialogue?

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May 24, 2024 May 24, 2024

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Yes but where some of it is very close to the line I guess the colour has very slightly changed so it's not removed it all- if don't think you can ignore more than one colour?

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May 24, 2024 May 24, 2024

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Select a white stroke and menu select the same (fill colour) and delete it - one at a time doesn't help you?

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Community Beginner ,
May 25, 2024 May 25, 2024

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It only allows me to select one colour to ignore for image trace. I have no idea why my back ground changes to different shades of white in AI. I have tried to select the colour inside the ears and now all the rest of the white area returns. I have tried to delete the white like you would on photoshop but of course that doesn't work.

 

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May 25, 2024 May 25, 2024

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I presume the tolerance for ignoring the colour can't be changed?

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May 25, 2024 May 25, 2024

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I would trace that in black and white. Then you get just 2 colors. Ignore white. When traced, you can expand it and then change the color.

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Community Beginner ,
May 25, 2024 May 25, 2024

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Thanks so much will give this a go

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May 25, 2024 May 25, 2024

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This would also be a good practical exercise to improve your use of the path tools. Use the image as a template and draw the contours by hand. You will get clean paths and improve your skills.

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May 25, 2024 May 25, 2024

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Ty I will try this. Big learning curve thanks so much for everyone's help 😀

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May 25, 2024 May 25, 2024

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Optimal conditions for an exercise: not too many paths, open and closed paths, only one contour colour and strength and no time pressure

 

Have fun with it

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