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use layer reference w/o altering it (tracing woes)

Mar 9, 2013 5:31 PM

Tags: #tracing

I'm doing a LOT of tracing of raster files on illustrator. After using the image trace function to vectorize a raster file, I further edit the vector. I select the vector file, place the raster file I will trace from on top, and begin to erase sections of the vector that don't line up with the raster file. The problem I'm encountering is that I have to hide the raster layer (the one I'm tracing from) each time I want to add (paint) to the vector. Is there a way I can paint on the vector without hiding (or effecting) the topmost raster layer?

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    Mar 9, 2013 5:55 PM   in reply to bagelsareawesome

    I often turn off the preview while I’m tracing manually.

    Just Cmd/Ctrl-click on the eye icon of the layer you are working on.

    Have the raster image on a lower layer.

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