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The Color Thief: Stealing Colors Using Illustrator CS3's LiveTrace

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Adobe Ambassador Mike McHugh wants you to get excited about color. In this colorful article, he shows you how to create swatches in Adobe's Creative Suite 3 using Adobe Illustrator's new LiveColor tool.

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4. Trace and Steal Those Swatches

Let’s trace! With the image selected, you’ll notice that the Control bar reveals some weird options—it even shows you the resolution. (See the following Super Fact note.) Next to that, you’ll see the Trace button. Click on the little triangle next to the Trace button and scroll down to select Tracing Options. In the Tracing Options dialog box, we’ll do three things.

First, from the Mode pop-up menu, choose Color. Next, set Max Colors to 7. And, finally, check the Output to Swatches checkbox (see Figure 4).

Figure 4

Figure 4 Select LiveTrace options to select colors and output to swatches.

Figure 5

Figure 5 The control strip from Illustrator CS3 shows disproportionate scaling of images; the horizontal and vertical resolutions (ppi) do not match... ARRRGG!

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