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06-01-2005, 03:34 PM
I have creative suite, and do not want to spend the money this month to upgrade to CS2. I despirately need the auto trace function to turn some complicated drawings into vectored graphics (which will need to go into Illustrator CS on Panther). I would like to know if there are any relatively inexpensive plugins or other separate software programs that would work for me between now and when I can afford to upgrade to Illustrator CS2.

Thanks so much or any advice you can give me....

06-01-2005, 05:26 PM
Hello Kathy,

welcome to MacGurus!

AFAIK Auto Trace is build in Illustrator since version 10 also.

Here is an Tutorial:

We have CS2 at work. The Auto Trace Tool of CS2 is improved but it is not that good, I don't use/like it.

If you want a good redraw take the pen tool,
put the bitmap on a template layer, lock it,
and on a new layer start re-drawing with
a contrasting narrow stroke and no fill.

Adobe had an App called StreamLine a few years ago.
But same here, best results only by redrawing it manually.



06-01-2005, 08:12 PM
There are plug-ins available but they are expensive.
Here are some links if your interested. The first two I haven't tried, the latter I have. The demo can be downloaded from the link it's fully functionable but limits how many you can do. I used the demo and it worked well.
http://share.studio.adobe.com/axAssetDetailSubmit.asp?aID=9961&back=http%3A%2F%2Fshare%2Estudio%2Eadobe%2Ecom%2Fa xAdvancedSearchSubmit%2Easp

But for best results hand tracing is still the best way.

06-02-2005, 07:43 AM
Thank you for taking the time to reply and give me the information. I think I will just hand trace them, even though it is so time consuming. I guess my other question is whether a notepad or pen addition to my hardware (I know nothing about these things) would be a worthwhile investment for this type of function.

Thanks again,