Chapter 3Live Trace and Pathfinder Effects

Combining Illustrator with Photoshop

I remember when Illustrator introduced the Live Trace feature and the mess that ensued. No fault of Adobe’s, it was a great tool and still is. However, the illustration trend that came in its wake was dreadful. It seemed like every digital art magazine had a color photograph that had been Live Traced to the extent that it resembled an old paint-by-numbers painting. A whole movement of artists seemed to be compensating for lack of drawing skills and an inability to produce decent photography by claiming that the result of the Live Trace tool was the inherent style in ...

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