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One more pass to make sure that we get all of our remaining shapes that we haven't traced yet.
When to use
This stage is for tracing the smaller details from our illustration. In the first pass we created the outline, our second pass we traced the largest shapes, and now we can focus on the smaller shapes. It is often helpful to break things down and group them when possible so that we don't get distracted by the details too early on in the process.
- Open the Third Pass - Exercise.ai file in Illustrator
- Double click to the right of the name 'Layer 3' on your top layer and then change the name of the layer to 'First Pass'
- Technically our first pass was the 'Trace' layer, but to keep things organized we will use this naming convention.
- We can also change the color of the label for this layer to the same red we used for our 'Trace' layer below.
- Hit OK to apply the changes.
- Create another new layer above the 'First Pass' layer and switch back to your Pen Tool (P) with a black stroke and no fill.
- From here we can begin focusing on the next largest shapes - think of this as capturing the 'shadows and highlights' from the sketch.
- Once you have traced the next largest shapes, we will want to rename this layer 'Second Pass' and change the label color to red before saving our work.
Hints & tips
- Since we have been working in outlines we haven't yet differentiated between which shapes will serve as shadows and which will serve as highlights, and that is okay. For now we just want to make sure that we capture all of the shapes.
- It is okay to change, remove, or add any shapes along the way that you think will help to improve the overall design.
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