Including detail in Image Trace with Adobe Illustrator


So I have some designs that I'm trying to get print ready. They're all 1 to 2 colors and were designed in Photoshop at 8 inches x 8 inches and 300 dpi. I didn't realize, but the designs actually need to be 11 inches x 11 inches and 300 dpi for the print. As a result, I'm trying to pick up Adobe Illustrator and make the files print ready for that size. My first instinct was to vectorize the image.

I am using the Image Trace tool on a layer that is the 1 color separated from the white background. My problem is that the Image Trace is leaving out a lot of details that are necessary for the design. You can see in the image what I am referring to. Is there anyway to include these details (other than doing it by hand, too many details missing to do that), or alternatively, is there any better way to make an image in Photoshop print ready at a larger size?

Before the trace:

Before Trace

After the trace:

After Trace

My settings:


6/27/2014 2:09:00 AM

What you can do is import your image in Illustrator at lower resolution (therefore bigger size) and try to trace it again. By lower resolution I mean: you need to keep the same number of pixels and resize the size of the image by lowering the resolution in Photoshop. It will be the exact same image but bigger at a lower resolution.

There will be more points and curves, and more details this way when you'll trace your image.

Illustrator doesn't really care about the resolution for image trace, and you can almost import your picture at 72dpi in a very large size, and then simply shrink back the traced image to the size you want, once it's done.

6/13/2015 6:59:00 PM