Aaron Roberts
Innovative Learning Coach

Illustrator Lesson 6 - Tracing Logos

Technical Tutorial Published 7/19/13 Last updated on 5/16/18

Practice tracing your own hand drawn work - like logos - by tracing professional sports logos


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Aaron Roberts

Posted on 7/26/13 8:03:30 PM Permalink

Rosemary's answer is pretty much dead on. Live Trace leaves holes, jagged edges and other quality concerns. When precision and craftsmanship is not a concern, Trace is great. However, if one is to really use illustrator as a complete creative tool, they must master using the pen.

Brinnley Ashton

Posted on 7/25/13 6:22:06 AM Permalink

Couldn't you just use image trace? If not, why?

Rosemary Lengsas

Posted on 7/25/13 9:20:37 PM Permalink

Although image trace has come a long way, it's still not perfect. There are times when I'll utilize image trace to vectorize a simple image/logo. However, there are other times I need to trace it by hand.

I manage our student-run print shop and we make t-shirts. When placing logos on the back of shirts, we often have to vectorize logos (like in the video). Image trace doesn't handle words well. It also has a lot of difficulty with multiple colors. Lastly, we have issues with image trace because it leaves "holes" in shapes instead of stacking them on top of each other. Sometimes, we really need those holes filled in.

So, image trace has a place in my classroom and in our workflow. But, there are many times that we still need to trace by hand. So, I make sure my students are capable of doing both.