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Can I set text within a .jpg to create outline?

Apr 19, 2012 3:13 PM

Tags: #illustrator #adobe #text #create #to #type #vector #outlines

I have a .jpg that I am trying to turn into camera ready art - either an .eps or .pdf, and it needs to be a vector file, and I need to convert my text to outlines. The text is within the .jpg. When I go to Select/Select All, it doesn't select anything in the .jpg, so then when I go to Type/Create Outlines - Create Outlines is not available for selection. What am I doing wrong??? 

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    Apr 19, 2012 3:22 PM   in reply to MrsTrieberly

    A .jpg file is a raster image file, as such it contains no vector elements. You would need to reset the text in AI and place it over the existing text.

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    Apr 19, 2012 3:24 PM   in reply to MrsTrieberly

    Mrs Trieberly,


    Illy is quite unable to process a raster image in such a way: to her, it is just a rectangle with inaccessible contents. If you use Live Trace, she can discern the pixels of different colours and create vector paths along transitions/changes in these colours, but that is probably of little use to you, the result being rather crude, mostly useful when a photolike appearance is desired.


    Edit: Hi Larry.

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