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enter image description hereI have a series of images that were created for me by a visual designer. They are beautifully done, but consisted of layered shapes that do NOT have outlines. I would like to make coloring pages from these but because of all the layering I can't just select all, fill white and add a stroke. I have tried rasterizing and doing an image trace but I can't figure out settings that do this fairly cleanly. It seems illustrator doesn't do a great job at tracing former vector images, how ironic. Any ideas here would be appreciated.

Thanks, Christine

example of image I would like to create a coloring page for

  • Hit F7 and CTRL+Y and post a screenshot so we can have all the facts here. – Lucian Dec 2 '17 at 23:27
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    Flatten transparency + pathfinder trim - cleans it up quite a bit! – Christine Keryakes Dec 3 '17 at 1:16
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This post actually works really well for this in case anyone is interested.You'll still need to do clean up, but it is greatly minimized.

"Flatten" vector image in Illustrator so that invisible objects are not included

This is the image after flattening transparency and using pathfinder > trim.

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Finally, here is the completed image, after merging some of the stray objects. Only took a few minutes.

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