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hello there.

i have used image trace and parts of the image for some reason are transparent instead of black and white like the rest?

how do i get the transparent parts white?

as you can see from the image below the bits that disappear from the image when on the black background are transparent and i want them to be white?

i think a clipping mask may help but i dont know how to do it for a complex photo shape?

also tried live paint but some of the transparent areas would not let me paint others worked ok

thanks for youe help


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I assume the original photo had a white background. (Impossible to tell from your posted image.) There's no way for the trace to tell the difference between what is background and what is dog. It merely sees white.

Draw white shapes and move them below the tracing.

(Clipping masks aren't going to help here really)

  • will try that now thank you, i notice after i expand the image there is a white box all the way around the dog when i delete the path all the way around the outside it also deletes some things that are included in the midle which are also part of the path Feb 27, 2022 at 22:42
  • Yes, the "white box" is probably the background... since there's no dark areas between the background and the fog highlights, they are connected after the trace. Can't delete the "box" without also deleting parts of the dog highlights. You might be able to use a raster editor and add a bit of definition between the dog edges and the background and then try tracing again.
    – Scott
    Feb 27, 2022 at 22:48
  • thanks scott i will just add white shapes underneath, im assuming i just send them layers behind the top layer then group and save ? Feb 27, 2022 at 22:50
  • also instead of using shapes could i use paintbrush in some way? Feb 27, 2022 at 23:03
  • Brushes in Illustrator are not like brushes in Photoshop.
    – Scott
    Feb 27, 2022 at 23:14

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