I am evaluating both Illustrator and CorelDraw at the moment. I need some vector software to help me create signs for a new business. To help me quickly get up to speed, I have invested in tutorial DVD's for both applications. However, the one task I desperately need to do, I can't get either app to do well.
What I need is to trace this image:
Live trace does it very well on the default settings. But it doesn't do what I want. For my purposes, I need the vector lines to trace the lines in the centre. i.e each thick line you see above will be a single vector line, not a bunch of objects.
Does that make sense?
I'm sorry if this is a very basic question. It is the deciding factor between this an corel for me. Corel actually does it, but I prefer Illustrators tools for manipulating the vector further. I know I could just manually trace each line. But I have 109 of these files to edit and it would be nice to have some autonomy.
Thanks in advance.
You have to edit the live trace preferences (select the trace object and then click on the Preferences button in the control panel). There you can choose to trace "Strokes" instead of "Fills". Fiddle around with the Max Stroke Weight setting. That one depends on the size of your pixel image
Thanks very much Monika. With your advice I got the result I wanted!