HOW TO TURN ANY IMAGE INTO A VECTOR – Illustrator Live Trace Tool Guide

i’m going to show you how to turn any image into a vector using illustrator live trace tool, both in colour and black and white vector welcome back to another graphic design tips video is Tom here with satori graphics today using the live trace tool in Illustrator, how to turn any image into a vector before we start I was briefly like to ask you to drop a comment in the studio and smash that like button if you find it helpful and of course if you really like it share it with someone else and subscribe for future blades open your images illustrate their i have a cool little robot guy here go to window and then click the image trace window this is where we will be able to do live trace using the live trace tool make sure you watch until the end of the video however is the actual tracing process Illustrator is quite annoying because you have to go outside of this window to do it with your image selected you can play around with the settings here but make sure you have the preview option selected so you can see how the trace will come at once it’s done here are the priests options as you can see they are pretty self-explanatory and you may want to select one instead of playing around the settings below here for example you can see the outline for the vector and how they were lunch threshold will increase or decrease the amount of black on your back there just play around the settings until you’re happy with what you want it may be a black my letter or maybe a color detail image now this is where the magic happens once already highlighted image and go to object in the trees and expand now you should have the vector of your image you can dress the object and group two separate the image file and you can do it anyone could areas of course if you look at the preset settings you can trace in the colour option after expending it you have a vector file looks like this so he did find my graphic design tutorial on how to turn any image into a vector helpful if you did let me know and subscribe for future blitz have tutorials on tuesdays videos on Thursday kind of bonus video on a Sunday the next time there’s only feature today


  1. KR Vlogs May 23, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you so much

  2. Maurice Hurlock June 4, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks, very easy to follow instructions… very helpful.

  3. Romanas Blažko June 6, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Thanks, it was really easy and helpfull

  4. Lucia Otero June 12, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you.

  5. BloodyBananas June 28, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks for the video it really helped!

  6. Jeff Ramsey July 10, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Wicked! I recently learned how to make a low rez image (black and white) and turn it into a high rez image (and enlarge it) in photoshop. That method made it look decent but not pro quality. After your video, I can now take it to the next step with this technique and the results are fantastic! Thank you

  7. Allison Camile July 19, 2018 at 7:59 am

    this has changed my life lmao

  8. Ruben Nikogosyan July 19, 2018 at 6:59 pm


  9. wuufer001 July 26, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    when i expand why don't i see the nodes like on your robot

  10. H P July 27, 2018 at 8:15 am

    I just subscribed to you because you explain WONDERFULLY.
    BIG thumbs up!!!
    I just used this method to convert a box template. It does make the path around, but why the inside of the box I cannot color? Everything is transparent except the borders of the box template.
    I was tring to do a clipping mask using the box as a shape and wanted to put a birthday design inside like around the box, u know clipping mask.
    Nothing, the clipping mask gets applied on the path that I traced with your method, but I want the design inside .
    HOW in the world do I do that??
    Going nuts trying to figure out.
    Again, you are GREAT! Hope you get millions of subs and great abundance and wealth in your life.

  11. H P July 28, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    came back to this video just to say, who are the idiots that thumbed this down? I watch tutorials and yours are the best hands down!

  12. Svetlozar Hristov July 31, 2018 at 8:15 am

    "Any image" yeah right. And shows it with high res illustration png with good strokes and colors. No thanks.

  13. Michael Guy August 8, 2018 at 2:04 am

    Outstanding thank you

  14. Muku Mia August 21, 2018 at 1:30 pm


  15. iREZARECT'EM August 27, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    1:15 Preset Options
    2:33 Where the magic happens

  16. JP S August 31, 2018 at 1:41 am


  17. G. Samuvel September 4, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Hello brother once again thanks for your tutorial

  18. Anmol Shelke September 21, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    thanks man

  19. Qalam Ahmad Khazain September 22, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks you so much bro, ur vids always best for me

  20. parthsna September 22, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    when i press image trace, there is no dialogue box, it just traces it without any option to tweak!

  21. Cedric Cooper September 22, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Absolutely amazing tutorial for transformer type of graphic artist
    the one that needs that over the hump technique to finish there project
    you were that entity Praise ~!!!!!!!!

  22. Julio Rodriguez September 27, 2018 at 3:54 am

    I just bought a iMac witch lllustrater did you use there 6 difference one to buy ?

  23. Juan Zapata September 30, 2018 at 1:54 am

    like button smashed

  24. Daniel Baca October 3, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    legit one of the best intros I've seen in a while. link opening thew chest with that beat hitting. . . . .fawking awesome!

  25. Zunair Ahmad October 7, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    bro can we redesign this vector using pen tool?

  26. Justyna October 14, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    thank you Satori!

  27. Agent Afridi October 26, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Very helpful

  28. Agent Afridi October 26, 2018 at 7:13 pm


  29. Salman Khan November 1, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Why not showing zoom while tracing???? Crazy?

  30. audrey takeshta November 6, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Don't understand why "Expand" can't be part of the image trace ui- floating tab???

  31. pao November 16, 2018 at 6:29 am


  32. David rodriguez November 23, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    whats this music?

  33. Jamie Mink November 26, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Where can we download the robot logo? Very cool design! Thanks!

  34. Darryle Barnes November 27, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    How do you clean up the lines if they are messy or have gotten distorted!?

  35. F is the bomb December 24, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Some image didnt trace just like its original image how u make them look just like its original?what the setting?

  36. Rafael Francisco January 3, 2019 at 4:58 am

    Thank you! You tutorial was very useful!

  37. Muhammad Wasiq January 6, 2019 at 4:52 pm


  38. Miguel Jurado January 16, 2019 at 8:09 am

    very useful video! thanks!

  39. Debbie G January 23, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Fantastic and short. Thank you so much. Perfect

  40. Irvin Uriel Juárez Cano January 27, 2019 at 1:13 am

    How do you convert the weight line to single line?

  41. Steve Pugh January 28, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Awesome dude.

  42. sree vinesha February 5, 2019 at 2:50 pm


  43. The Cook Up Productions February 8, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Thanks a ton

  44. James Whittingham February 17, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Fantastic, thanks!

  45. Erica Who February 27, 2019 at 3:45 am

    Thank you!!! 🙂

  46. Honk Honkler February 27, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you!

  47. Chaz DeSimone March 4, 2019 at 4:57 am

    I found a perfect image in a stock art service, and after download turns out it was a png, and there is no vector available. It was obviously a vector image to begin with. I was dreading the manual trace task, because Illustrator (like version 2) had a horrible autotrace system. So glad I subscribed to your channel several months ago, because I went straight there to see if Illustrator had improved this function…and WOW! Your instruction is quick, concise, and just plain wonderful. I am going to be designing tight vector graphics from now on…using a real brush and real ink!

  48. Andre Chaparro March 16, 2019 at 2:03 am

    How does ur imagine come out so clean!? My lines always come out so messed up

  49. JJBrubaker March 26, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Very helpful. Thanks.

  50. Marlon Somcio April 2, 2019 at 5:56 am

    anyone know where can i download this software. thanks

  51. abraham abraham April 4, 2019 at 3:22 am

    Im- I never knew this existed tysm 😭

  52. T.Y.G. April 11, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Your image trace looks way better than mine; mine looks like garbled mess

  53. Bangladesh Republic April 16, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks you.

  54. moriza Nova April 18, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Any diffetences between AI version from CS6 to newer version for live trace features? I mean in term of speed or accuracy?

  55. Yora Arsoy April 18, 2019 at 7:38 pm


  56. CREME BRULEEZY April 23, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Hey Satori, I’m an amateur graphic designer who wants to get into screenprinting. Are there are FREE software that you know of that I can create vectors in this similar way?

  57. asmit singh May 1, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    How do I like draw in the trace after expanding it

  58. Mary Schlafly May 2, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Great and short Tutorial. Very helpful.

  59. Nesstradaumus May 5, 2019 at 4:31 am


  60. EIRENARCH1 May 6, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    of all the helpfull videos you have made, this is the most important one imo. thanks for all the good work in making our workflows better

  61. Mike Hudgins May 9, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Video starts at 0:49

  62. Georgi May 13, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Thank you, very much ! 🙂

  63. Sergio Pantoja May 18, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    This video helped me a lot

  64. hotimpression1 May 29, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    This was amazing. Thanks!!!
    I was able to make a vector in seconds.

  65. snoot June 2, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Thank you so much, this is really helpful! 🏆

  66. Noni Mangoush June 6, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks 🙏

  67. Amandeep singh khalsa June 14, 2019 at 2:06 am

    It's nice nd simple

  68. peteykeats927 June 17, 2019 at 12:39 am

    your intro is fire lol

  69. Kizzy Wattier June 17, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Love it! Thank you.

  70. Олена Покотило June 24, 2019 at 6:27 pm


  71. Kadyjah Lake June 27, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Hi, i stumbles over your tutorial. I am currently trying to vectorize my design which has a vector image which I created with the pentool and text (which has fill and strokes). Apparently, when I save the ai file to png inorder to image trace the design to vectorize it, some of the letters in the word is turning to solid blocks. How do I fit that?

  72. KGR1281 June 29, 2019 at 4:49 am

    Thank you Tom! I learned something new. Cheers from California

  73. Raul Lara July 2, 2019 at 3:59 am

    For some reason I am unable to see or adjust settings after the Image Trace option. Why is this?

  74. Martin Street July 2, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Was the original image you added a jpg or a gif or does it not matter?

  75. Hippy Lifestyle July 2, 2019 at 11:19 am

    How do you keep the color if jus want the image vectored? Not vectored and turned into black and white?

  76. Michael Safwat July 18, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Man .. You made my day 🙂

  77. nagina kiran July 19, 2019 at 4:56 am

    good work!
    thanks !

  78. Marie Drev August 1, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    how do you add specific colors to certain areas ?

  79. Roger Marquez August 3, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    193 hateful people. This is a very short, concise and to the point video explaining in detailed an important process inside illustrator. And still, 193 people didn´t like it. Oh well, you can´t pleased them all.

  80. Anne Smith August 5, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Very clear. Thank you!

  81. Jirka Dolezal August 13, 2019 at 9:19 am


  82. Walkers United August 15, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    some of us still have difficulties with illustrator. so if you could also show us how to insert and image at the beginning that would be helpful

  83. Brad Houston August 16, 2019 at 5:30 am

    Thanks man, appreciated

  84. Woodcraft August 20, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Very cool man- thanks!

  85. Rovert arthead August 26, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Ah thank you very much help!

  86. Charles A. Dylon August 28, 2019 at 11:59 am

    So helpful! Thank you so much!

  87. InventionsRus1 August 29, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    thanks brother!!!!

  88. Bruno Castro August 29, 2019 at 9:54 pm


  89. Saunch _ September 5, 2019 at 2:18 am

    trying this out on a text based logo

  90. Caleb Gibbs September 9, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Thank you for the help. I was getting so frustrated with illustrator.

  91. Dons Afour September 15, 2019 at 8:23 am

    thank you for this.. helped me out big time. Liked!!

  92. mviltd September 15, 2019 at 12:11 pm


  93. Feldman Illustrations September 15, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Awesome video!! Super helpful!! Do you do adobe animate tutorials?

  94. Ylemonade September 18, 2019 at 4:06 am

    You are a life saver! <3

  95. Hong Shengwei September 30, 2019 at 8:13 am

    solve my problem I thought it was going to take hours, nice

  96. GD Tian October 4, 2019 at 5:11 am

    Is there any tutorial video how to remove text or object from an image with illustrator?

  97. zarbi123456 October 4, 2019 at 7:28 am

    fantastic sir

  98. Crystal C October 8, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    This was very helpful, thank you

  99. XombieCrafter October 12, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    will the vector be a 1:1 scale with the original image?

  100. Guy Ray October 16, 2019 at 3:16 pm


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