Image Tracing

Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with my brother and creating some collaborative art. Just like any other time, the rules were very simple. Each of us had a sketchbook and we would draw in it for ten minutes. When our phone timer would go off, we would swap sketchbooks and draw additions to what had been previously been created. My brother is somewhat new to creating art, yet his developed style of lines and abstract elements blended perfectly with my subject matter style.

Why is this important? Well while sketching may seem like a different entity than graphic design, the two may go hand-in-hand if you know what you’re doing. When the two of us had a fully developed page of odd imagery, I decided to take it to the next level. Starting out, I took a picture with my phone camera and uploaded it to a google drive folder. From there, I was able to download that image and import it into Adobe Illustrator for further development. And after a live image trace, I now had a fully functional vector outline of what we had just created using pens and pencils.

This is where the fun part comes, as recoloring the newly developed art gave a simple drawing a breath of fresh air. Once a traced image has been colored properly, the sky becomes the limit on what you’re able to do with the end result. Image trace in Illustrator has always been my go-to choice for turning my art into something more. Just as long as you know what you’re doing, you can create some really funky compositions.



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