Unless you are using digital printing, your artwork will need to be in vector format so that it can be made into a print plate. Vectorizing an image transforms it from individual pixels to smooth lines and shapes.
Select your embedded artwork using the Direct Selection tool.
Image Trace in the Control Panel. If the default preset isn't quite right, you can customize it from the Image Trace panel:
Tip: To eliminate the white background from your artwork, check Ignore Whites in the Image Trace panel. Image Trace › Advanced › Ignore Whites
When you are happy with the image trace results, click
Expand in the Control Panel. Now your artwork is ready to be turned into a print plate!
Tip: We like to use the View Outlines tool to see all of the objects and fonts outlined and ensure that everything is in ship shape. To view outlines, follow this path from the toolbar: View › Outline
Or, just try this shortcut! Mac: