Help! What's the quickest way to accomplish the following task in Illustrator CS6?:
My client has sent me a high resolution JPEG which is a monogram of his initial ("C") on top of a complex filigree. It's all one color. He wants the letter "C" to be a different color than the filigree pattern. The goal is to create a logo for his website and business cards.
How should I separate the C from the rest of the monogram? I've done an Image Trace which resulted in a perfect rendition of the entire artwork. But how to I separate the C? Any Illustrator experts out there? How would YOU do it?
Here's a lo-res version of the artwork he sent. I've already managed to eliminate the grays and turn this into a two-color (black and white) image. What next?
You may redraw the whole thing, or you may use the Pen Tool to redraw the C, making sure you cover the traced version, or you may use a combination of cutting, creating new segments, and (re)joining.
In any case, and to the highest degree if you choose to work on the traced artwork, you will have to deal with the way the C fuses with other parts, such as the roundings out of the straight part at the top right (and many other places), and with the part going through and in front
I was afraid this would take a lot of handwork. Outlining the C with the pen tool seems to be the best bet. I was hoping for a "magic button" to do it for me. Oh well, maybe in CS7.