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Image Trace inversing black & white

New Here ,
Sep 08, 2017 Sep 08, 2017

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Hi all, I'm an Illustrator novice and I'm using it to vectorize my calligraphy for a return address stamp. I'm using CC 2017 and didn't have the problem with previous versions of Illustrator but now I'm running into a problem. When I use the "image trace" of black writing on white background, it inverts is to black background and white writing and I can't change it back. Do I have something set incorrectly? This used to be simple. I appreciate any advice!Facebook help.jpg

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Sep 08, 2017 Sep 08, 2017

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When you traced the image, the program may have created a box and the type as vectors. It looks like you filled the box with black and not the letter. Try selecting one of the letter and use the Menu>Select>Same>Fill Color. If all the text/letter are selected when you do this you can fill them with a color and fill the box around them with white or delete the box altogether.

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Sep 08, 2017 Sep 08, 2017

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Your settings are greyed out, but if you select your result we can see here what you used. Click here if you ever lose the image trace window.

Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 4.39.39 PM.png

If you already expanded to vectors paths you can use

edit >> colors >> invert colors

Not saying that is what the correct way to do this every time, but a useful way to help you get what you need.

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Sep 08, 2017 Sep 08, 2017

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I could not reproduce your problem but can offer a quick workaround. Open your scan first in Photoshop and invert it there with the keyboard command Control-i (PC), Command-i (Mac). Then after saving it there open it in Illustrator and do the image trace which should then invert it back again.

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Sep 08, 2017 Sep 08, 2017

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do you want it on a transparent background?

Expand it!

Wit hte direct selection tool delete the black background.

Select the white and change it to black!

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Sep 18, 2023 Sep 18, 2023

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This happens when you Image Trace while your selected stroke and fill colours are set to white and black respectively. If you want the traced stroke to be white and the fill color to be black, you need to change your stroke and fill colours. In your screenshot, these are at the bottom of the left vertical bar, or also found in the "Properties" panel.

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Sep 19, 2023 Sep 19, 2023

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Did you try that? Stroke and fill colors do not influence Image Trace.

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