As those of you following my special Halloween-inspired pirate flag video blog know, each and every one of this week’s videos hails from my upcoming Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced series for lynda.com. And yet, halfway into things, we have yet to even see, so much as use, Adobe Illustrator. That curious situation changes today. In this video, I save the pixel-based artwork at two resolutions: 72 ppi (which Illustrator insanely recommends) and 300 ppi (which works out much better). And then I launch Illustrator and apply the program’s Live Trace feature to both, with truly astounding results.
Here’s the official description:
In this exclusive preview of his upcoming Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, Deke McClelland shares six phases in the creation of an authentic five-by-three-foot pirate flag. In today’s episode, Deke prepares the base artwork for tracing in Photoshop and auto-traces it in Illustrator. Look for the full course to be released in its entirety later this year.
- Saving a piece of art for placement in Illustrator
- Placing pixel-based images in Illustrator
- Applying the Live Trace feature
Oh, and one more thrilling, spine-chilling, soul-filling piece of news: You can make your own flag starting today. To download the sample files used in this video—as well as the final pirate flag art—check out this post. You won’t be sad (although you will be very frightened!) that you did.