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I need to image trace some images that are in a custom pattern I made so that I can recolor the pattern. The images were placed there and linked in a previous Illustrator session. When I'm in the pattern editing view and I select the image, ImageTrace itself is not greyed out in the Object menu, but all of the options beneath it are.

How can I get Illustrator to let me turn these images into vectors?

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Is the image you are trying to trace selected? Is it a raster image? Have you tried embedding the image rather than linking to it? –  Scott Oct 16 '13 at 16:03
    
It is selected. I had not tried embedding, but that doesn't seem to work, either. Most of the images are in PNG format, if memory serves. It simply seems that most of the normal image manipulation tools aren't available when in pattern edit mode. –  Zelbinian Oct 16 '13 at 16:13
    
Wait.......... you're trying to trace from within pattern editing? That's never going to work. Trace the image then make a pattern. –  Scott Oct 16 '13 at 16:19
    
Well, I placed the image into the pattern directly and it doesn't exist anywhere else in the document. I'm not sure what to do from here. Copy-paste-trace-replace? –  Zelbinian Oct 16 '13 at 20:52
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Use the Window menu and select Image trace. Make an amendment in this window and this becomes you custom image trace.

Once you have done the image trace you need to expand and this will make a vector.

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