How to Clean Up Illustrations in Illustrator

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One of the best aspects of Illustrator is that it allows you to clean up images that already exist when you're not creating entirely new ones. Clean up Illustrations in Illustrator with help from a well versed web, graphic and illustrative designer in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, my name is Alex Cecilio. I'm a Graphic Artist and I'm going to show you how to clean up an illustration in Illustrator. So, the first thing you're going to want to do is open your drawing in Illustrator. So, when your drawing pops up on the screen, you're going to click it and the cool part about Illustrator is it can live trace for you which just means that it follows your drawing and it'll basically remake your drawing for you with its tools. So, the tools that I've selected is just the default live trace and this gives you a really nice sharp and clean line. And I personally really like that, but if you're not into that whole vectory kind of line weight thing, that's no problem. You can select the whole different option; sometimes I like to pick detailed illustration because in this particular illustration it is detailed but it's not as detailed as it could get. So, it basically will simplify your design for you. And so, there's a whole really whole series of options you can pick. I like etch drawing a lot and it gives you, yeah, it's like a real, like a way cleaner just look to it. And like I said, there's a whole bunch different methods of doing it and that's how you create a clean up illustration in Illustrator. My name is Alex Cecilio, thank you very much.


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