If you have a design or image in JPG or PNG format and want to edit it in Adobe Illustrator, converting the file to an AI file is an essential step. But how exactly do you do that? In this article, we will discuss the steps you need to take to convert a JPG or PNG file to an AI file.
Step 1: Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document
The first step is to open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document. Select “File” from the menu bar and click “New.” Here you can define the format and settings of the new document. You can choose to create the document with the same dimensions as the JPG or PNG file you are going to convert.
Step 2: Import the JPG or PNG file into Adobe Illustrator
Select “File” from the menu bar and click “Place.” Then find the JPG or PNG file you want to convert and click “Place.” The file is now imported into Adobe Illustrator and is visible on the artboard.
Step 3: Trace the JPG or PNG file
Select the imported JPG or PNG file on the artboard. Then click on “Image Trace” in the menu bar and choose the type of trace setting you want to use. Here you can choose from different tracking modes, such as black and white, grayscale or color. Click “Preview” to see what the result looks like.
Step 4: Adjust tracking settings
If you are not satisfied with the result of the tracking settings, you can adjust them. Click “Advanced” to adjust the settings for tracking mode, angles, paths and noise. Adjust the settings until you are satisfied with the result and click “OK.”
Step 5: Save the file as an AI file
Once converting the JPG or PNG file to a vector image is complete and you are satisfied with the result, you can save the file as an AI file. Select “File” from the menu bar and click “Save As.” Then choose “Adobe Illustrator” as the file type and enter a name for the file. Click “Save” to save the file as an AI file.
Converting a JPG or PNG file to an AI file can be very easy if you follow these steps. Adobe Illustrator has several tools and features that allow you to quickly convert an image to a vector graphic. By converting the file to an AI file, you have more opportunities to customize and edit the design.