Using Illustrator CS3 Live Trace to Create a Logo
Although the logo would only be one color, I wanted it to have some detail. So I decided to create a full color image in Illustrator and then experiment with the Live Trace feature to reduce the image to a single color logo. I used the Pen tool to draw the full color image. I drew basic shapes and then transformed them to my needs.
- I started by blocking out the face and neck with the Pen tool which was set to a flesh colored fill and no stroke color.
- I drew the mouth with a darker fill color and no stroke color.
- I added the white of the eye, the blue of the iris and the black pupil.
Now I switched to a black stoke color and no fill color for the Pen tool.
- I added the black curved line above the eye for the base of the lashes. The lashes were a good exercise in drawing curves.
- Going back to no stroke color and a brown fill color, I added the brow.
I copied all of this and reversed it for the other eye.
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