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Dan McGuire
auto trace paths - how do you edit them?
on Mar 9, 2006 at 12:31:56 am

What is the difference between paths created by hand, using the pen tool, and those created by autotrace? Do autotrace paths have points that can be edited and added to, and changed with benzier curves? I traced an image and several dozen different closed paths were created, but I cannot select them individually, let alone alter and edit them individually.

Sorry if this is a newby question, but I am pulling my hair out here.

Thanks,
DMCG



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Nolan Scott
Re: auto trace paths - how do you edit them?
on Mar 9, 2006 at 3:44:29 am

Well, I think the Auto-Trace-Tool in Illustrator works fairly well
as long as one uses simple shapes.
If one has more complex shapes either the Pen-Tool or the Pencil-Tool
would be the


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Dan McGuire
Re: auto trace paths - how do you edit them?
on Mar 10, 2006 at 4:18:12 pm

You wrote:
"Use the Direct-Selection-Tool and all the Anchor-Points will be visible.
Click on one of the Anchor-Points and the Handles appear."

Yes, I tried this. I don't see any anchor-points. just the trace lines. I try to click on the trace lines and I get that audio ping that tells you you can't do it. Mind you I can copy the trace lines, and paste them in a new layer. But I still can't get hold of any anchor-points or even see them with any of the pen tools.

I used the demo of "silhouette" and that program created tracelines with editable anchor-points, unfortunately my time ran out on the program.

Hair still falling out at an alarming rate.

Add anchor point pen tool, remove anchor point pen tool, and convert anchor point don't work on the trace lines. The pen tool just creates a new anchor point for a new path.

Argh!

DMCG


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Dan McGuire
Re: auto trace paths - how do you edit them?
on Mar 10, 2006 at 4:22:12 pm

huh? hit the "expand" button and suddenly the points were revealed. What the heck is "expand?"


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Nolan Scott
Re: auto trace paths - how do you edit them?
on Mar 10, 2006 at 9:01:09 pm

Well, I am not sure what you did before


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