I'm using auto-trace to perform a stroke by stroke reveal of scanned hand-written text. The problem is the auto-trace feature places the masks in a fairly random order, as opposed to left-right or top-down. It means I need to manually reorder the masks to get the effect working as a write-on reveal. I'd normally just trace the scan with a mask and do it the old-fashioned way but there's some shape wiggle effects I need to place over the text in this case, so the masks have to stay. Any way to make the process a little easier in terms of the auto-generated mask ordering?
It's inherent in how this simplistic tracing algorithm works. The order of the detected regions is completely arbritray, hence is the mask order. Short of using Illustrator's Image trace quite selectively on a letter-by-letter basis, I see no way to get a more orderly initial result.
Thanks, sounds like Illustrator is the go.