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I decided that converting my pixel images to vector through Inkscape was a lot of work and it couldn't convert 16px images without being resized first. So I figured out I could use the "Create Object Mosaic" feature in Illustrator, it does exactly what I want.. The only problem is that it creates a 16x16 grid no matter what, and all the transparent pixels are filled in with white.

Is there any way I can set it to ignore the transparent pixels in the image? Or a better way of doing it?

Here's some visuals, starting with the options I use:

Settings

What it outputs:

Output Paths

What I have to delete each time:

Transparent Pixels

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  1. Select one of the blocks:

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  1. Menu... Select → Same → Fill Color

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  1. Result, ready for you to delete or change color or whatever:

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Alternative Method

As an alternative you can Image Trace and find the preset that works for you. In this case High Fidelity Photo then click the Expand button next to the dropdown menu in the screenshot.

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  • Awesome, thanks! Much faster than selecting them individually. – Winter Nov 19 '14 at 19:43
  • Sure thing you can also use the Image Trace feature, I just edited to show you. But it's not quite as crisp, might work for you though and would be even faster. @Winter – Ryan Nov 19 '14 at 19:44
  • I'll give Image Trace a try, but it's never been cooperative with me in the past. In your alternative image, did you increase the size of the original image? – Winter Nov 19 '14 at 19:56
  • In both of them I increased the size... namely because I just dropped your zoomed in screenshot into photoshop, cropped around it real quick, then pasted that into illustrator. @Winter – Ryan Nov 19 '14 at 20:02

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