Workshop 2 – Development and Realisation

In our second workshop we looked at tracing images in both Illustrator and Inkscape. Tracing allows the user to get hold of an image and to convert that image into a vector graphic. This means that any image that the creator can get hold on can be altered and set to any size without the image pixelating. The first software we looked at was Adobe Illustrator, which used the live trace feature which allows you to set the threshold and the amount of colours that will be shown after the trace. Below is an example of my trace of a photo of Darth Vader:

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To trace this image of Darth Vader i used the live trace options i set the max colours to six, set the mode to colour with a threshold of seventy. The result is a vector graphic trace with a more comic styled finish:

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Inkscape follows a system for tracing an image except it uses tool called trace bitmap which, like illustrator allows you to control the thresholds of all the varied trace options. Below is an example of a trace i did in Inkscape of a pencil drawing of a tiger:

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For this trace i set the threshold to 0.870 a good level to ensure that the trace is clear and not dissimilar from the original image. Overall i think that learning to trace images will give aid me in re creating the characters in star wars in my Infographic, meaning i will not have to create the character designs from scratch.


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