jep8fan

I need the white out of this image - how to do it?

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I'm using CS6. I know there's an easy way to do it. When I do a trace, it looks like crap. I need the black completely gone in case I need the "text" in a different color and on various color substrates in the future. Any direction is greatly appreciated.

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You are doing an auto trace and they usually don't handle messy files well. Your best to figure out the font which in this case appears to be: Fette Fraktur LT Pro (Regular) and type out what you can then modify the rest or do a manual (hand trace) on the image. I almost never use the auto trace option and opt to trace it out manually. Takes a little practice but once mastered it's actually faster than doing an auto trace and spending time trying to clean it up. 

Several elements within this are custom drawn. 

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Thanks guys.  I was hoping I could use their file so everything would match.  No way I can match all the "antiquing". Lol

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53 minutes ago, jep8fan said:

Thanks guys.  I was hoping I could use their file so everything would match.  No way I can match all the "antiquing". Lol

Unless this is shirt vinyl you would not get that splatter mess to cut and be usable anyway. Even with HTV a lot of the inner grunge will be a mess. 

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12 hours ago, Wildgoose said:

Unless this is shirt vinyl you would not get that splatter mess to cut and be usable anyway. Even with HTV a lot of the inner grunge will be a mess. 

Gonna do all sublimation or printed transfers. 

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For both of those processes you don't specifically need a vector file, do you? Obviously a vector is better for scaling but a raster image can be made to work, correct?

At any rate, to answer your first question if you have photo shop you should be able to use the eyedropper tool to select and change colors in a raster image.

http://www.dummies.com/software/adobe/photoshop/photoshop-cs6-eyedropper-tool-lift-or-sample-color/

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5 hours ago, jep8fan said:

Gonna do all sublimation or printed transfers. 

Total game changer then. Can't you just invert the image in PS or Gimp and have a black on white? 

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21 hours ago, Wildgoose said:

Here is an inverted version. 

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Sweet. I tried gimp once, I think it's actually still on our dinosaur PC. LOL I'll give this a try.  Much appreciated. 

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It won't be a complete duplicate, but I'd do what was suggested and first use the original font. I use the source image in the lower-most layer, lock it, and then add layers on top and "stack" so that everything is as close to identical as possible. You can type out the text, then create outlines, and make sure everything matches scale wise. Then for your texture, it won't be exact, but you can make it really close; use a textured Photoshop brush set, and create a high res document with a white background, make sure your opacity is 100% and you're using rich black. You may have to lay the brush down in the same place a few times to make the texture completely opaque, save it as a PSD, open in Illustrator, and then you can live trace the texture you made in Photoshop, seeing as it will be high contrast and resolution, it will be easier to auto trace, and you'll have vectorized grunge! I would just play around with that, expand the drawing and ungroup it so you can grab individual pieces, lay it atop the source image, and use your pathfinder tools, especially "Minus Front" to get the texture to "cut into" your solid pieces, and the pieces that are attached along the edges you can use the "merge" tool for. 

A bit of a longer process, but I've found it as really very effective for creating vectorized grunge, and this way it's got unique character to it. And you can save it for future use. 

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