I need this big letter a to separate from the image and vectorize it. How do I do that in Illustrator? When I try trace image, everything disappears except few random lines. I guess I am doing something wrong, but don't know why. If anyone could advise what to do, I would really appreciate it! Thank you in advance,
If you use ILLUSTRATOR ONLY It takes 1 minute:
After you "Place" the image, press on fall-down menu triangle and choose 3 colors option -
You get this -
Now, ungroup (select the layer and choose Object->Ungroup) and delete all the objects leaving only the ugly "a" - you select this ugly compound "a" and choose Select->Inverse and press Delete:
Results in -
Now, you select the ugly "a", press "-" -
And now you click on all the points which make you "a" ugly - this will delete them and smooth the path. As a final step you press "a" and adjust the remaining anchor points:
the same result without selection:
You should be able to finish this tute in less than 5 minutes (if not - exercise until you do).
Delete the text outside the "a" letter. It goes very fast with the selection tool like the polygonal lasso.
Then go in the menu "image", then "Adjustment" and then select "levels".
Select the black color picker on the right, and go pick the light gray color of your "a". All the graphic will turn black.
Then import this in Illustrator and use the automatic image trace. Adjust the settings as you prefer.