This effect has become increasingly popular for use in designing backgrounds. By using the live trace effect, you can take any stock image and transform it into an outline that can be placed behind your main subject. The technique works in Illustrator and can be used in Photoshop as well. Experiment with blend modes and remember that you can save the outline as a symbol or a custom shape to use in other designs.

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  1. Gary Spedding (Reply) on Monday September 15, 2008

    Very nice Mr. Kloskowski – Time for a new edition of Illustrator Most Wanted?

    More of this great Ai stuff please

  2. Ira Siegel (Reply) on Monday September 15, 2008

    Cool stuff!

  3. John Patton (Reply) on Monday September 15, 2008

    Wonderful, and it seems easy.

  4. Liz K (Reply) on Monday September 15, 2008

    What terrific timing! Thanks. This is exactly what I need, right when I need it. You’re a lifesaver!

  5. the_cracker (Reply) on Monday September 15, 2008

    is like using the threshold in photoshop, but anyway thanks man you’ve given me idea on how to it in AI

  6. thomas (Reply) on Monday September 15, 2008

    i have illst. 9..0n pc..it dosent look like yours..cant find live trace/please help.

  7. Ekhlas (Reply) on Monday September 15, 2008

    thanks a lot……..

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  9. wilfredo (Reply) on Monday September 15, 2008

    That father had the tutorial sii..

  10. frodo (Reply) on Monday September 15, 2008

    thnx its clear!

  11. Nancy Cuppy (Reply) on Monday September 15, 2008

    Is there a way to do this in photoshop only?

  12. rajesh (Reply) on Monday September 15, 2008

    Thanks
    It is great tutorial.

    Rajesh

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  17. Cesar Espinoza (Reply) on Monday September 15, 2008

    Great tutorial, very complete.

  18. amr (Reply) on Monday September 15, 2008

    nice site

  19. amr (Reply) on Monday September 15, 2008

    nice

  20. Julian (Reply) on Monday September 15, 2008

    Great tutorial, just what I needed, you made the creations of texture so easy now for me.

  21. Munaf Patel (Reply) on Monday September 15, 2008

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  22. Stew (Reply) on Monday September 15, 2008

    I just worked on something for our church using some of these principals, but I wish I had discovered this video before, ’cause I think I could have done an even better job!
    Awesome video!

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