Silhouette America: Tracing a logo

Posted 4 years ago

Today I am going to show you a basic trace and how to do it!  This is a trace I did for someone on the Happy SIL Facebook group. What its for I know not, just did it for them. Obviously Hockey of some sort.

OK so first select you trace area and modify high pass, low pass and threshold to highlight everything you need. I am not going to go into a ton of detail on that as it would take about 20 photos. Tracing without Tears video does a good job. For this Photo I did a High pass of 3.7 Low Pass of 1 and Threshold of 48. Hit Trace.

You end up with a good trace but it has some problems. extra lines, gaps etc that we need to mend before we cut. 
There are double lines around the outside of the entire thing, the words Hockey Academy, etc. I highlighted them here in green but its likely hard to see in such a small photo. 
I have enlarged a section so you can see what that looks like:
To remove these extra lines we must first unlock the Compound path by right clicking and clicking on Release Compound Path
Now we can remove, by deleting, that extra line around the Academy. 
Some areas though are not properly attached. there are holes between the corners. You need to join them and weld them together in order to delete the extra line. Whats Welding? See my Post on it to find out
Double Click on the section that needs to be expanded and use the little grey boxes to expand the line so that they are overlapping.

 It will look something like this with both lines over top of each other.

Next use the Weld function we learnt about earlier.

 After you weld it will look like this one piece with and inner and outer lines. again Release your compound path then delete the outer one.

DONE! 

I know another kinda dry post but very useful for a basic trace. And now you know and knowledge is power!
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One Response to “Silhouette America: Tracing a logo”

  1. July 13, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Thanks much! I haven’t received my Cameo yet but can’t wait to try this out.

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