Image Trace results have deteriorated over the years, detail is lost and line work looks terrible!
I’m a full time illustrator and have been using Adobe Illustrator since the launch of CS - so it’s been years :) I LOVE the app, in fact it’s how I make my living as an illustrator and the app features have contributed to my style development and workflow.
Which brings me to the feedback I’d like to give regarding the Image Trace tool. My illustration style is a mixture of hand crafted, grungy texture and flat colour. I achieve this by creating pencil on paper line work, scanning then I image trace in Adobe Illustrator to vectorise. BUT, I try and retain the hand sketched pencil look as much as possible when converting, this is very important to my overall look and style as an illustrator and it’s one of the reasons clients and customers buy from me.
What’s concerning me is over the years the Image Trace results and settings have changed to the point where I’ve struggling to retain the grungy details of my sketches. With each update to Adobe Illustrator, it seems that Image Trace is “smoothing” out the results more and more, despite the settings.
It’s become so “bad” (I say bad because it’s bad for my style of work, but obviously it’s not “bad” if you want a smoother trace) that I’m forced to use an older version of Adobe Illustrator to do all my Image Tracing - I have to run an older OS on my laptop in order to keep CS5 going.
I’ve included results from CS5 tracing and the latest CC version. You’ll notice how Adobe Illustrator has picked up all the lovely grungy details in CS5 tracing and lost a lot in the CC version despite the settings set to the max to pick up the noise and detail.
I’d love the team at Adobe to really consider users who need to trace work of this nature and allow more detail when tracing, like the older versions of Adobe Illustrator did. I’m truly concerned that I will need to change my style and workflow as the tool I use is not what it use to be and the results are just not up to scratch for my style of work.
Would this be something Adobe would consider going forward?
This method and style of illustration is on the increase and many Adobe Illustrator users are looking to make their vectors look more hand drawn. I just thought it was important to let you know from a longtime user that this feature seems to be declining in it’s ability.
Thank you for reading and your consideration.