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Tracing a complex drawing and combining shapes to outlines

Aug 5, 2009 2:50 PM

Hi all,


I have this project I'm working on for a scientific purpose (an archaeological research), and I'm in need of some help with an Illustrator file.

As you can see from the attached file, I have a very complex drawing of an excavation site and what I want to achieve are full outlines of the major bones in this drawing.

I've tried tracing the image in several ways, but I'm still having difficulties selecting and combining the paths into a single, solid outline.


I'm using AI-CS2 and any help or suggestions are very much appreciated.




File is too large to upload here, so I've placed it on Rapidshare:

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    Aug 5, 2009 9:22 PM   in reply to Gilad D (try67)

    Hello Try67,


    Try to use the "Live Trace", select all the white and delete it.


    Then cover all the artwork you want to eliminate and use Pathfinder to subtract the artwork you want to delete.




    I hope this helps!

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    Aug 6, 2009 1:33 AM   in reply to Gilad D (try67)



    ... How would you go about covering the parts which are to be subtracted?


    I believe Hans is just using another word for selecting.

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    Aug 6, 2009 10:53 AM   in reply to Gilad D (try67)

    Hello Try67 and Jacob,


    I am sorry that some times (well almost all the time) I cannot explain things correctly. Please let me show you:


    Step one is to cover the area you want to delete:






    Step 2 is subtract the area using Pathfinder's option (please note that I have selected both items):


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    Aug 6, 2009 10:54 AM   in reply to Gilad D (try67)

    Now I select "Expand" option:





    and the end result is this:




    This was a quick demonstration, but you can spend time covering the areas you want to delete and apply these steps. I hope I explained better this time the process I used.

    If you have any question, please let me know. I hope this helps!

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