I've been pretty quiet on the blog front of late, I know. I've been unwell for the past few weeks since being bitten by a tick in the forest and even the little things in life have been a bit of a struggle.
The antibiotics I've been put on leave me super sensitive to sunlight (and it's the hottest stretch of weather in a long time) so I've not been able to go out much.
To try and distract me from my pity-party-for-one I've been playing around in Adobe Illustrator, with the Trace function, turning some city scene photos from the insanely talented Ryoji Iwata, Redd Angelo and David Clarke into a more blocky illustrated look and change the jpeg files to scalable vectors.
- Open a photo.
- Select all (cmd-a on mac)
- From the menu bar select Object > Image Trace > Make
- It will automatically use the default trace option, for me that was black & white. To change this, and find more controls to fine tune the trace click the icon next to it, shown below.
From here you can play around with the options, choose between colour, black & white and greyscale as well as controlling the paths, curves and corners by clicking the advanced tab down.
When you have achieved the look you like, you can go one step further and click the Expand button in the side tab. This shows you all the anchor points and paths of the image.
You'll now notice the side tab offers you new options:
If you ungroup the image you can change the paths and have complete control over editing the traced image, including changing shapes and colours.
Save as a vector to edit again at a later date or scale infinitely. 👍
It's super simple and I think, pretty cool ✌️