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August 17, 2005
(This post is from my old, old, super old site. My views have changed over the years, hopefully my writing has improved, and there is now more than a handful of folks reading my site. Enjoy.)

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

Adobe Illustrator CS2 is amazing. More specifically, "Live Trace" is amazing. It's described as- "Quickly and accurately convert photos, scans, or other bitmap images to editable and scalable vector paths". And that it does, and very well I might add.

Here's the original "voodoo dude" sketch I did for the VoodooPad icon (done in Painter):

voodoo dude

Here's 4 different versions of it, after going through live trace with different settings:

vector versions

So what's this buy me? Well, zoom in and you'll see:

compared

The original is on the left. I can blow it way up without getting pixelated images.

I'm just... amazed. It works really really well. It makes me want to take up drawing again.

-- posted 4:50 pm