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Live Trace Not Working How You’d Like? Try This

If you’ve imported a number of sketches into Illustrator and have tried to run Live Trace (under the Object menu) on them, you may have realized it doesn’t always work as good as you’d like. You can try to change the Tracing Options to better fit the sketch that you’re tracing, but that still doesn’t always do the trick. If that’s the case, then try this: Duplicate the sketch layer (go to Window>Layer, and choose Duplicate from the Layer palette’s flyout menu) and, on the Transparency palette, change the Blend Mode of the duplicate to Multiply. Then duplicate the layer copy a couple more times. Each time, you’ll see the sketch get darker and darker. However, since we can’t run Live Trace on several layers at once, we have to flatten the artwork. First, press Command-A (PC: Control-A) to select all the layers. Then, choose Object>Rasterize. Don’t worry about the resolution setting since you’re just going to run Live Trace on this sketch anyway, just click OK. Now you’ll be able to run Live Trace on this image and the results should look much better.

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