Yes. Live Trace should work pretty okay.
In case you have Ai CS6, the Live Trace feature has been replaced with Image Trace, and it's better, works faster, and gives you more control. See this quick demo video for more information: http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-illustrator-cs6/new-image-trace/?go=13264
Choose the Live Trace > Make and Expand options and then you may need to ungroup or double-click artwork to enter the isolation mode to edit them further. They are grouped to retain the relational position of the constituent paths. To view the Tracing options choose Window > Image Trace.
For more/faster responses, we should post this question in the Illustrator forum.
Thank you for responding.
The version of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign I have been using is CS5.
I think the program I will be doing the layout of the e-book cover in is InDesign since InDesign is usually used for page layout.
However, I also see the value/benefit of posting this question in the Illustrator forum since it looks like I am going to be using an Illustrator technique.
How would I also post this question in the Illustrator forum?
Thanks again. : )
Hi - I think you need one more step before selecting your paths. Once you've chosen your preset you then need to hit the 'expand' button up in the toolbar. This will turn your jpg into paths which you can then colour as you like.
There may be a bit of work required to release clipping paths etc to get it working how you want but it's usually pretty good.
You can do a good job of stripping out the background with photoshop using the right tools. Here is my step-by-step approach:
- Go to Image-->Adjustment-->Levels. With the white eyedropper (right-most under the Options button) click on the darkest area of the gold to turn the background white. Close the dialog box.
- Select all and copy.
- Deselect all
- Enter quick mask mode (bottom button on the tool pallette)
- Create new layer
- Paste into new layer
- Exit quick mask mode
- Depending on your settings you may need to Select-->Inverse the selection
- Edit-->Fill the selection with color of your choice. You may need to fill it twice or three times to get the desired opacity.
There may be some colored areas beside the figure but they are mostly around the sides and can be easily erased or cropped out.