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I threw up a new Logo but how do I trace it?

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J.M. Hunter

Motherfucker from Hell

Postby J.M. Hunter » Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:07 pm

Photoshop or illustrator?

I scanned it at 600dpi and saved it as a tif in photoshop. Then I went and opened it up in Illustrator. Tried the pen tool then shit got wonky.

So how do I "hand trace" a logo or something I drew where I actually have more control instead of dealing with a pen tool in Illustrator where it just sorta slices pieces and doesn't listen to me no matter how much I Yell at the screen?

Thoughts? Answers? Witty remarks?

Royal Nonesuch

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Postby Royal Nonesuch » Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:17 pm

I always used to use the pen. It takes some practice. Make sure you don't have a fill (in Illustrator), just a stroke.
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SuperginraiX

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Postby SuperginraiX » Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:23 pm

I'd also make sure you lock your pic in the background so you don't have to worry about selecting it. It's been a while but the pen tool is the way to go if I'm remembering correctly.
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sdsichero

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Postby sdsichero » Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:45 pm

SuperginraiX wrote:I'd also make sure you lock your pic in the background so you don't have to worry about selecting it. It's been a while but the pen tool is the way to go if I'm remembering correctly.


Yeah throw it in the background (grayscales it usually) then trace over that. Depending on the logo, you can use the pen or use shapes & combinations to redo the logo.
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J.M. Hunter

Motherfucker from Hell

Postby J.M. Hunter » Mon Oct 18, 2010 11:49 pm

I'll have to give it another try then. I thought Jude was joking when he said use the pen tool, it started slicing away my fucking logo. Unwieldy piece of fucking hammerfuck tool. :smt011

I did just open up my tif image in Illustrator and tried to go for it with the pen tool.

So you're saying I need to prep my area some how?
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J.M. Hunter

Motherfucker from Hell

Postby J.M. Hunter » Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:07 am

sdsichero wrote:
Were you using the pen tool or the trace tool?

The pen tool is all manual, you need to trace the image like you would if it was tracing paper over an image. The trace tool does it automatically if you select the area and will give you some variable results.



Ok, I was using the pen tool. I'll look for the trace tool next time, thanks.
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dairydead

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Postby dairydead » Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:23 am

pen tool works really nice if you know how to use it. I'd suggest that.
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J.M. Hunter

Motherfucker from Hell

Postby J.M. Hunter » Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:24 am

Here's what I googled:

http://www.google.com/search?aq=f&sourc ... trator+cs4
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sdsichero

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Postby sdsichero » Tue Oct 19, 2010 3:55 am



and a sample of tracing
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Apache Chef

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Postby Apache Chef » Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:29 am

Pen tool is the way to go. Use Illustrator.
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J.M. Hunter

Motherfucker from Hell

Postby J.M. Hunter » Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:30 am

Thanks guys. I'll show you the results when I figure them out!
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sdsichero

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Postby sdsichero » Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:43 pm

Hunter's final logo:

Image
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J.M. Hunter

Motherfucker from Hell

Postby J.M. Hunter » Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:50 am

Hah!

Sorry for lack of follow up, I've been recovering from the flu and therefore behind in my classes. So here's the prelim sketch and when I can get back to the pen tool learning I'll show what's the latest.

Image
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J.M. Hunter

Motherfucker from Hell

Postby J.M. Hunter » Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:04 pm

sdsichero wrote:


and a sample of tracing



Ohhhh I like SD.

I read through the section in my for dummies book first. Went into Illustrator and just messed with it a bit.

Then I watched your link youtubes.

Keep them coming if you want, it can only help.

The Old Doctor

Postby The Old Doctor » Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:06 pm

J.M. Hunter wrote:Photoshop or illustrator?

I scanned it at 600dpi and saved it as a tif in photoshop. Then I went and opened it up in Illustrator. Tried the pen tool then shit got wonky.

So how do I "hand trace" a logo or something I drew where I actually have more control instead of dealing with a pen tool in Illustrator where it just sorta slices pieces and doesn't listen to me no matter how much I Yell at the screen?

Thoughts? Answers? Witty remarks?


You sir, are in a bit of a tif, aren't you? :-D

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