image trace in illustrator greyed out

New Here ,
Jun 21, 2017 Jun 21, 2017

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Everything on image trace is greyed out.  Preset, View, Mode, Palette, Threshold (and everything in the advanced section too.)  I think I hit a button that caused this, but now not sure what to do?

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Adobe Community Professional , Jun 21, 2017 Jun 21, 2017
As srisht said, it may be that the image is not selected. Other things to check: Is what you are trying to trace actually an image? If it is vector, Image Trace will be grayed out. Try creating a new Illustrator file. Then choose File > Place. Navigate to the image you want to trace and place it into your Illustrator file. When it is selected, is Image Trace still grayed out?

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 21, 2017 Jun 21, 2017

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Hi semibold,

Please make sure if the image is selected, this generally happens when the image is not selected.

Also,  Could you please confirm if it is happening with other files as well?

If yes, please reset Illustrator preferences to defaults , for details click here How to set preferences in Illustrator

If it still does not help we would require some more details like

Operating system (Exact version of windows or MAC)

Exact version of Illustrator

Were the files are saved (Both illustrator and place image)

Regards

Srishti

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Jun 21, 2017 Jun 21, 2017

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As srisht said, it may be that the image is not selected.

Other things to check:

  • Is what you are trying to trace actually an image? If it is vector, Image Trace will be grayed out.
  • Try creating a new Illustrator file. Then choose File > Place. Navigate to the image you want to trace and place it into your Illustrator file. When it is selected, is Image Trace still grayed out?

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New Here ,
Mar 19, 2018 Mar 19, 2018

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I took a photo using adobe capture and saved it as a pdf. (and emailed it to another working location).

I then opened it in AI-CC (it looked like a vector but selected like a pixel image).

Image trace was greyed out.

I then 'Placed' the image/vector into a newly created AI-CC doc., and it acted more like a pixel file.

Image Trace was now available.

Thanks

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New Here ,
Jan 09, 2018 Jan 09, 2018

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This just happened to me, too, and I realized the image had a clipping path applied. I released that and trace worked as expected.

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New Here ,
Jan 18, 2018 Jan 18, 2018

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Having the same issue, this was my problem.

Thank you Saved me some time for sure.

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New Here ,
Mar 07, 2018 Mar 07, 2018

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How do i detect/fix that?

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Mar 07, 2018 Mar 07, 2018

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peterrychlik  schrieb

How do i detect/fix that?

Fix what?

What do you want to detect?

Please descrobe your issue.

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New Here ,
Mar 22, 2020 Mar 22, 2020

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Kimmarla: This just happened to me, too, and I realized the image had a clipping path applied. I released that and trace worked as expected.

 

PeterRychlik: How do i detect/fix that?

 

Clearly he's asking how someone would know if they had a clipping path applied, and if so, how to release the trace.

 

What are you not understanding?

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New Here ,
Jan 20, 2021 Jan 20, 2021

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Thanks Barbabra Ash. I created a screenshot of the "image" created a new Illustrator document, and that then recognised it as an image! I'm tracing away now 🙂

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New Here ,
Mar 23, 2021 Mar 23, 2021

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I applied a pixelate filter to a shape and I can't trace it. Is there a better way than screenshotting it?

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Mar 23, 2021 Mar 23, 2021

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