3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 19, 2009 7:35 AM by rollsnut

    Admittedly dumb Layer question

    rollsnut Level 1

      Ok, I feel pretty stupid right now. I’ve done similar before but for some reason am stumped right now and nothing is working in my favor!


      I have a jpg sketch I want to make vector in AI.

      I converted it to 8 bit greyscale.

      I have saved it in various formats and done the following to no avail:


      I open the file in AI and need to create two working layers as one color will be black and the other grey. If I do each separate I can then flatten them and have clean lines.


      So, I select the “BLACK” layer and work it.

      I then select the “GREY” layer not showing the “BLACK” layer because of overlapping shapes. I am doing two layers so the anchor points which touch, won’t get in the way of each other.


      When I show both layers I don’t see both layers.


      I've even tried PLACING the file but no cigar.


      I know the solution is simple, I’m just not tracking at this moment. Sorry for dumb question.


      Thanks for any help.

        • 1. Re: Admittedly dumb Layer question
          Scott Falkner Level 6

          JPEG images are opaque, so if you stack them, you will never be able to see both.




          Why are you importing more than one copy of the image? Since you’ll be converting to vectors, you’ll be colouring the vectors. The colours in the original image will have nothing to do with the final file. Just place the file and either use Live Trace (if using version > 11) or put it on a template layer and trace with the pen tool on a higher layer.

          • 2. Re: Admittedly dumb Layer question
            PrepressPro1 Level 4

            Are you saying after doing the live trace you can't see the traced image below? On the top layer/image which has been vectorized take the magic wand and click on the white space. If you are able to select this white space on the top layer try deleting it. Now do you see any image below?

            • 3. Re: Admittedly dumb Layer question
              rollsnut Level 1



              I'm not ignoring either of you but am working on some of your comments and digging into some lessons specifically on this aspect. I'm still a bit baffled because I have done this easily before without problem. I'm trying to understand what is not working here and how to avoid it in the future.


              Transitioning over from Corel I am still a novice with the Live Trace and Live Paint processes. It is working for me right now but I am pushing the envelope in playing with other aspects of it to see its capabilities.


              Thanks again for you comments, they are being worked on.