I managed to taking an existing photo, traced it to get its profile & got close to the same color schemes on some of my original photos. Although, I'm still trying to figure out how to get more a 3D affect to represent a cylindrical part on a 2D image & working better with the gradients.
Once, I complete this process, I want take my newly created Illustrator image & convert it to a '.jpeg', '.tiff' or whatever other image format, but with out the (white) background & be able to control the image size, such as 94x207 or 337x228
The intent is to take my newly created Illustrator images & replace them with the existing images in another system. We are hoping we can simply substitute images without having to do a lot of rework, such as resizing them.
File --> Export and File --> Save for Web and Devices are all you need. Please read up in the online help regarding transparency handling and rasterization for pixel output.