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Skyline Smasher: How to Make and Convert to Live Trace on Illustrator

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Hello interneters!

I created San FranDiego because I was living in San Diego going to SDSU and was born and raised in the bay area. I always felt a little torn between the two cities because I loved them both dearly. So I smashed them together, and felt a little better about myself. Check out the following steps to learn how you can do the same! Also, I made this Instructable at Techshop in SF.

       

This instructable will show you how to combine the skylines of two or more cities on Illustrator using the Make and Convert to Live Paint tool. 

The Make and Convert tool is found by going to Object -> Live Trace -> Make and Convert to Live Paint.

Through this action, your image will look like an image created on illustrator and will be made up of anchors and shapes that you can distort and color with Illustrator. This is a simple and quick way to create images for logos and simple screen printing. 


What you will need:
     1) Adobe Illustrator
     2) Some awesome pictures. (Black and White turn out better!)
     3) Photoshop- it isn't mandatory but will help improve the final product. 


Follow along to the next step to learn more. ->

 
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Step 1: Choosing the right photo

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When Converting to live paint the sky is the limit to your photos but there are a few things to know about if you are trying to create clean live paints of specific objects. 

For the San FranDiego skyline I started with the two images below. If you are trying to create a similar effect I recommend either a black and white photo or a photo of an object with a clean profile. 

For instance, Illustrator will easily be able to live trace the top of the san Francisco skyline and San Diego skyline because they are distinctly different from the background. (The blue sky behind the San Francisco buildings, and the orange San Diego buildings against the black sky.) 



Having a good profile will also help with the next optional step; cleaning up your image in Photoshop. 
ilpug2 years ago
I quite like it!
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