- 1. Pick an Image
- 2. Create a New Illustrator Document
- 3. Remove Unwanted Swatches
- 4. Trace and Steal Those Swatches
- 5. Group Swatches Together as a Set
- 6. Use Live Color to Recolor Artwork
- 7. Explore Live Color and its Options
- 8. Save Your New Swatches for Exchange
- 9. View Swatches in Adobe Bridge CS3
- 10. Import Swatches ASE file into InDesign CS3
- 11. Get Your Swatches Online
4. Trace and Steal Those Swatches
Let’s trace! With the image selected, you’ll notice that the Control bar reveals some weird options—it even shows you the resolution. (See the following Super Fact note.) Next to that, you’ll see the Trace button. Click on the little triangle next to the Trace button and scroll down to select Tracing Options. In the Tracing Options dialog box, we’ll do three things.
First, from the Mode pop-up menu, choose Color. Next, set Max Colors to 7. And, finally, check the Output to Swatches checkbox (see Figure 4).
Figure 4 Select LiveTrace options to select colors and output to swatches.
Figure 5 The control strip from Illustrator CS3 shows disproportionate scaling of images; the horizontal and vertical resolutions (ppi) do not match... ARRRGG!