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    What type of Tablet to use with Illustrator?

    Ach, sure enough thanks, Scotty, and a fine moderator ye are!
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    What type of Tablet to use with Illustrator?

    Thanks, Scotty. I did read that the Wacom tablet faces are somehow textured to provide that "dynamic friction" to the stylus. It does seem to me, though, that working on a "mute" surface, with the results of your work being displayed elsewhere, must take a bit of getting used to, which is why I...
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    What type of Tablet to use with Illustrator?

    Hi, everyone. I want to thank everyone for the suggestions that you offered regarding my recent foray into graphic design to be found in the Adobe Forum. You have been more than helpful, and, with that help and a certain "happy accident" at the tail end of it, I came away with a design which is...
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    Proper setting for vectorizing using "image trace".

    Yes, Mr. Ward, I am of the same thinking. By the way, you may be one of the exceptions to my "drawing in Illustrator using the mouse" comment. You are a true artist, and your work is beautiful.
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    Proper setting for vectorizing using "image trace".

    Thanks, Scotty, I checked, and I don't think that the problem amounted to that. At this point in the process, though, I'm prepared to let any final scaling be addressed by the engraver. I have, however, started re-making the design, since there are a couple of elements that I would like to see...
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    Proper setting for vectorizing using "image trace".

    Thanks, scotty. Yes, I'm sure that they can, and they know the requirements of their cnc machines. I just would like to send the engraver something that they don't have to screw with too much to obtain the desired result. I thought it curious that the transform tool should render the design...
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    Proper setting for vectorizing using "image trace".

    An update: I have tried to "scale down" my object to 1 7/8 inches, which is 1.875 inches, using both the scale tool and the "transform" option in the "Window" drop down menu. Both times, the resulting figure on the screen measured about 1 11/16 inches, which is 3/16 of an inch shy of what I...
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    Proper setting for vectorizing using "image trace".

    Algebra perhaps: 100%/10 inches = x/(1 7/8 inches); 7/8 inches equals 0.875 inches, so: x = [100 % (1.875)]/10; x = 18.75%? The issue is, I believe that it must be nearly exactly 1 7/8 inches... I tried that, and the image reduced, but on screen, it measures just a hair over 1 6/8 inches. my...
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    Proper setting for vectorizing using "image trace".

    Eureka! I believe that I have what the engraver is looking for: all black and white and, I believe, all vector. It seems to look good and "crisp" enough. I'm happy that I could do it myself, so as to personalize the gift a little. All that I have to do now is scale it down to the size that I...
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    Proper setting for vectorizing using "image trace".

    I have encountered the name "lynda", I think while searching for YouTube videos during this project. I might resort to that, if I can't figure out how to finalize this. I'm sure any of you all could finish this off in short order; it's nothing that complex, graphically. I tend to be fairly...
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    Proper setting for vectorizing using "image trace".

    If the figure that I started with, then, was an SVG, which I believe to be all vector, and all the changes and enhancements that I made were done in Illustrator, then the entire image should be vector/composed of vector shapes, no? If so, that should leave me with just the problem of converting...
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    Proper setting for vectorizing using "image trace".

    One other point: the design currently contains color, and I must have it as a black and white vector image.
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    Proper setting for vectorizing using "image trace".

    Thanks, hankscorpio. I do not even know how to do that. Is there a vector drawing setting within Illustrator? I am completely new to Adobe software. By the way, what is the origin of that quotation?
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    Proper setting for vectorizing using "image trace".

    Actually, I have another question as well. Having my object selected in "select", Illustrator does not seem to be allowing an image trace. Now, the original file which I used elements of for my design was an SVG file. The file, however, is saved as a .ai file. Might the fact that I started with...
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    Proper setting for vectorizing using "image trace".

    Hi, guys. I finally discovered where my threads were disappearing to! Got the message...I will post anything having to do with this project here from now on. I have completed my design, and now wish to use "image trace" to vectorize it. I am wondering if there is any difference in the result of...
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