beccacc asked: Hi Mary Kate, I've been delving heavily in the land of hand lettering lately and I always bring my hand drawn work into PS and color from there because I always thought live trace wouldn't work in the ways you use it. I dont want to try to steal your tricks of the trade but I was curious if you would be willing to share some of the ways you tweak the settings for live trace to make them work for you because as you've said in previous asks, auto settings stink! Your work is always an inspiration.

Hi there! I know some people that go straight to PS and never work with illustrator either. But I like to move things around and make little edits and it’s much easier to do that in illustrator. 

So I scan in my nice little drawing at around 600-1000 dpi, bring it into illustrator and if you go to live trace, there is a drop down menu and at the bottom you’ll see tracing settings. I basically choose 0px for the three settings on the right or choose 1px for path fitting. You can fiddle with the threshold a bit too but you wouldn’t want to stray to far from 125 or whatever the default is.

The key is to have a nice black drawing scanned in at 600 dpi, and not drawn too much smaller than how it will be produced to avoid the live trace-y look but keep the nice hand drawn edge. Hope this is helpful!

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