enter image description hereFirst off I am using Adobe Illustrator CS6 and I have an image that has a white stroke and a transparent background. Whenever I try to use image trace a white background fills up the transparent areas and using the ignore white setting removes all the white from my image which I dont want to happen. Anybody know how I can keep my transparent background, and my white colors in my logo while using image trace?

  • place an image in question here, plz.
    – Ilan
    Jul 26, 2015 at 15:58
  • unfortunately I cant, image is for work purposes and cant have any chance of it being copied. But its just an image with full color and a white stroke, transparent background.
    – Ralfy
    Jul 26, 2015 at 16:03
  • @so, change the image to something else leaving the key points relevant to question.... otherwise, it is a little bit obscure question
    – Ilan
    Jul 26, 2015 at 16:31
  • Picture added, represents the basic principles I am trying to keep. I have a white stroke that I need on there, and I see "ignore white" is a big fix for most people. But in this case I need the white but also I need the transparency
    – Ralfy
    Jul 26, 2015 at 16:56
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    Fill background with red then trace, and delete red? Oh and I do hope that's just a mockup and not the thing you want to trace.
    – joojaa
    Jul 26, 2015 at 18:20

2 Answers 2


Fill the background with a color your image does not use, like red, lime green or pink. Then trace as normal. Expand, then just select the background color with the magic wand tool and hit delete.

image trace and result

Image 1: Image, trace and result after magick wand

  • I think it is easy as just genius... +1
    – Ilan
    Jul 26, 2015 at 18:49
  • Trace your image - without being concerned over the white stroke.
  • Expand the trace
  • Add a white stroke to the resulting Group via the Appearance Panel.

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  • This is not as bad advice as it sounds initially. It ensures that the outline is uniform and result is tidier. I would do this to even the black line for same reason.
    – joojaa
    Jul 26, 2015 at 18:59

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