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I am trying to make a logo in Adobe Illustrator. On the logo I want to put the outline of a certain lake on it. I took a screenshot from google maps of the lake. How would I go about extracting this shape? Is there a function that will take advantage of the fact that the lake is all one color?

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have you tried live trace? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvnd3m5aYBs

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Live trace works best with the highest resolution you can get for the image. Unless the lake outline is super-complex, you may find the pen tool gives you a better result, especially for a logo, where simpler is better. –  Alan Gilbertson Jun 6 '11 at 18:00
that did the trick. thank you. –  user63584 Jun 6 '11 at 18:03
Flag the question as answered, if you would, so Chris gets the credit for it. –  Alan Gilbertson Jun 6 '11 at 18:52

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