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How can I remove the white background of my vector?

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Aug 29, 2017

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Hello,

I have a black and white vector image, but I need to remove the white background and only keep the black part.

Here is a small screenshot from a piece of the image:

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I have tried ungrouping everything and individually selecting the white pieces to delete, but it seems like I've processed/converted the image type too much and there are constant hidden layers, blobs, etc. behind each piece.

Any way to just select all of the white areas when it's grouped as one and delete them?


Thanks in advance

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Correct answer by Jeff Witchel, ACI | Adobe Community Professional

Select your JPG and in the Image Trace panel start with the default preset and in the Advance area, check Ignore White.

When your Expand the Image Trace object (Object menu > Image Trace > Expand), the white areas will be see through.

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How can I remove the white background of my vector?

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Hello,

I have a black and white vector image, but I need to remove the white background and only keep the black part.

Here is a small screenshot from a piece of the image:

question.PNG

I have tried ungrouping everything and individually selecting the white pieces to delete, but it seems like I've processed/converted the image type too much and there are constant hidden layers, blobs, etc. behind each piece.

Any way to just select all of the white areas when it's grouped as one and delete them?


Thanks in advance

Adobe Community Professional
Correct answer by Jeff Witchel, ACI | Adobe Community Professional

Select your JPG and in the Image Trace panel start with the default preset and in the Advance area, check Ignore White.

When your Expand the Image Trace object (Object menu > Image Trace > Expand), the white areas will be see through.

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First go to the view menu and turn on  the Transparency Grid (Command/Control Option/Alt D)

So you can see the image on a transparent BKG.

With the Direct selection tool select only the one area and delete . But this is if it is vector already.

If it is a JPEG  you will need to eliminate the BKG in Photoshop and trace it in Illustrator!

Chana

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many thx.. ive been racking my brain til i read yoor post!

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You could try selecting an area of white

Select > Same> Fill colour

Delete on keyboard

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When I follow these steps, all the "White" turn black. (and i do have transparency grid on)

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  schrieb

When I follow these steps, all the "White" turn black. (and i do have transparency grid on)

Please create a new thread and describe your problem. We will also need to see screenshots of the issue. We can't read minds unfortunately.

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Select your JPG and in the Image Trace panel start with the default preset and in the Advance area, check Ignore White.

When your Expand the Image Trace object (Object menu > Image Trace > Expand), the white areas will be see through.

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Worked quite well, thank you very much! My only qualm is that the picture had an extremely minor "fattening" up effect after I traced, losing some details in the areas with a lot of commotion. Only slightly noticeable and definitely better to work with now.

Thanks again

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Here's a screenshot of white areas that are Transparent after being Traced with Ignore White checked.

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 7.50.26 PM.png

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