New, more powerful tracing capabilities are now in Adobe Illustrator CS2 software. Illustrator CS2 has the Live Trace feature eliminating the need for the Streamline program. Illustrator CS2's Live Trace offers enhanced tracing quality, function and performance.
What is new in Adobe Illustrator?
+ Adobe Illustrator's auto-trace tool. The new Live Trace features provide auto-tracing in black and white or color.
First, you import a bit-mapped image. Next, click on Illustrator's Live Trace button. You can tweak any number of tracing parameters, and your tracing becomes updated. I then change the tolerance and thresholds, and tracing methods, and save these forms as new tracing presets.
Tracing remains "live". You tell Illustrator to expand the tracing into normal Illustrator paths and fills.
+ How do you use the Live Paint tool? Just like a bitmapped paint program Illustrator will automatically fill the enclosed area with the current color. Live Paint can even fill areas that not completely enclosed. Live Paint has a gap-detector that lets you close paths that have gaps.
+ How do you color grayscale or 1-bit images? Select the bitmap object. Make sure the Fill button in the toolbox or Color palette is selected. Use the Color palette to color the image with black, white, a process color, or a spot color.
+ Adobe Illustrator includes an updated interface and a new workflow for painting objects. It works with colors, patterns, and gradients.
+ Illustrator has grids for laying out artwork. It also has a new tool for adjusting the shapes of paths, and new tools and options for working with vertical text and graphs. You can now use the new time-saving commands, palette features, and keyboard shortcuts. Recently added tool tips and context menus help you quickly identify different interface elements and choose commonly used commands.
Which Bitmap images and Vector graphics should you use in Adobe Illustrator?
Bitmap images are the most common medium for continuous-tone images, such as photographs or digital paintings. They can represent shades and color gradations. Bitmap images are resolution-dependent that contain a fixed number of pixels. They can lose detail and appear jagged when scaled on-screen or when printed at a low resolution.
Vector graphics are resolution-independent. You scaled them to any size and you can print vector graphics at any resolution without losing detail or clarity. Vector graphics are the best choice for representing graphics that must retain crisp lines when scaled to various size and look great for making company logos.
The outstanding feature of Adobe Illustrator CS 2 application is the ability to make Acrobat files. This allows you to combine illustrations and text for both the PC and Mac platforms. You do this by using Adobe Illustrator CS 2 compressed format for quick emailing to your clients.
Adobe Illustrator allows you to create RGB spot colors in your documents. These documents designed for both Web and print output. Illustrator CS 2 also correctly separates these spot colors on their plates when separating out of Illustrator. In addition, you can use these spot colors as RGB spot colors when creating EPS files.
Illustrator CS 2 does not have a Place keyboard shortcut key. Instead, you have to go to the Edit pull down menu and create a Place shortcut that is time consuming.
Adobe Illustrator CS 2 system requirements
Discover faster, more efficient ways for being creative and productive using Illustrator CS 2 .You will find that Illustrator CS 2 has the new tools you need for designing your illustrations.