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Image trace whole shapes from a sketch

New Here ,
Jan 02, 2024 Jan 02, 2024

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Say I draw a shape by hand on paper and upload a photo of the drawing to illustrator. I would love for a tool to automatically trace the drawing to be shapes . Currently, Image Trace will make the line itself into a shape with many points. 

 

This may be possible, but I haven't found an easy solution (save from tracing with the Pen tool). I have attached an example, but the images I need to vectorise are much more complex than this.

 

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Community Expert , Jan 03, 2024 Jan 03, 2024

Image trace has no intelligence to determine that your paths are intended to be straight lines, or particular shapes. It's just a contrast-detecting process.

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Community Expert , Jan 03, 2024 Jan 03, 2024

I haven't seen any autotrace do that so far.

If you want to post feature requests, please do so over there: https://illustrator.uservoice.com

That is the place the engineers read.

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Community Expert , Jan 03, 2024 Jan 03, 2024

Binkabu,

 

It (almost) certainly must have been under consideration for (quite) a while, as part of AI development.

 

Until it gets there, or till the end of time, whichever occurs first, you will have to do what you need as you just did.

 

 

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Image trace has no intelligence to determine that your paths are intended to be straight lines, or particular shapes. It's just a contrast-detecting process.

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I haven't seen any autotrace do that so far.

If you want to post feature requests, please do so over there: https://illustrator.uservoice.com

That is the place the engineers read.

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Binkabu,

 

It (almost) certainly must have been under consideration for (quite) a while, as part of AI development.

 

Until it gets there, or till the end of time, whichever occurs first, you will have to do what you need as you just did.

 

 

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Thank you for all of your replies. I've been doing this process for years and just wondered if there was a shortcut.

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The most advanced thing Adobe has demonstrated in that area is probably this for Illustrator on the iPad (relevant part is later in the video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86gW-Eav82A  

 

Would love to see that in the product.

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