3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 27, 2012 2:51 PM by Jacob Bugge

    CS5 Manually Tracing


      I haven't quite mastered the pen tool yet, but… I'm coming along just fine.


      I have this raster image I would like to vectorize, I have just started tracing… I know I could probably just experiment with it and hit control-Z a bunch of times until I figured out, but… I thought I would ask anyway, maybe somebody could give me some tips about tracing with the pen tool.


      My Stroke is .25

      I haven't figured out how to change the color of my paths, that's why they are green.


      is it possible to select the highlighted anchor point on the right & create a path/stroke to the highlighted anchor point on the left?


      anchor points.jpg

        • 1. Re: CS5 Manually Tracing
          Wade_Zimmerman Level 6

          The highlight for the path tool is related to the layer color and each layer comes with it own color.


          You can change the color of the layer double clicking a non active part of that layer in the layers panel.


          Like this


          Screen Shot 2012-07-27 at 12.41.48 AM.png


          Double click the color square and you get a picker pick a color


          Screen Shot 2012-07-27 at 12.41.57 AM.png


          Layers can have any color and so can sublayers and that would be the only waay to control the color

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          • 2. Re: CS5 Manually Tracing
            WidmarkRob Level 1

            Good Stuff, good to know…


            Thank you

            • 3. Re: CS5 Manually Tracing
              Jacob Bugge MVP & Adobe Community Professional



              A few of the things that might be worth knowing/realizing:


              1) It is best to use the smallest possible number of Anchor Point, placed where they have the greatest effect on the shape, to get the smoothest and cleanest paths; in this connexion it is important to think ahead to enable the right continuation.


              2) You may avoid some try and fail, then Undo, when you ClickDrag a new Anchor Point with Handles, by pressing the Spacebar which allows you to move the Anchor Point about while the Handles are freezed.


              Others may add other suggestions.