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10 October 2005, 05:01 PM

I have a question regarding the automatic process of converting a bitmap (Black and white) file done in photoshop automatically in a vector graphic.

Is this possible and if so can it be done in Adobe Illustrator?

I want to ink comic pages and then convert the inks to vector graphics.

Thx for your help!


10 October 2005, 05:21 PM
Not sure which version of Illustrator you're using, but Illustrator CS2 has a liveTrace function which could easily do that for you.

10 October 2005, 06:01 PM
Vogeler is correct Illustrator CS2 can do that, it will create a vector image out of almost any raster graphic you can imagine. It does a pretty nice job and you can actually create your own personalized settings for it.

Check out my 2-minute film challenge WIP below to see how I'm using it as a part of my workflow in live action.

10 October 2005, 06:04 PM
Figured I should give a direct link for when the one in my sig dies, link (

Also I forgot to mention that with Adobe Bridge (comes with the CS2 package) you can batch process up to 10 images at a time using Live Trace and Illustrator, might help save some time if you are doing a bunch of images.

10 October 2005, 07:23 PM
Thank you for the fast help!



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