Live Trace in Illustrator

Hi all. There is this really cool thing in illustrator called live trace. From this we could built a bacteria kinda living thing from nothing. So here we go.

Step01:
Make a perfect rectangle using a rectangle tool (M), and use a radial gradient to fill it, choose the color from the swatches, I used the  R=0 G=104 b =55 and for the center I used R=140 G=198 B=63.

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Step02:
Make a new layer on top of it, use any color you want.

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go to effect>texture>stained glass. Change the  cell size into 35 border thickness into 5 and light intensity into 10.

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Step03:
This is how it should look like now.

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go to object>expand appearance, then go to object> live trace>make and expand. Ungroup it.And this is the result.

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Step04:
Select the black area, recolor it into white.

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Then select the rest of the other area (not the one you just recolor) and delete it.

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This is how it should look like now.

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Step05:
Go to pucker tool in the tool box, click it twice,

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and set the width and height into 40pt angle into 60 and the intensity into 30%.

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Activate the white area, and start puckering

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Step06:
Now go to transparency box (Shift+ctrl+F10), and change it into overlay mode, and the opacity into 75%.

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This is how it should look like

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Step07:
Now go to appearance box (shift+F6), click the layer fill then go to effect>stylize>outer glow.

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Change the setting into screen mode, 80% opacity and blur into 3 pixel.

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This is how it should look like now.

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Step08:
To make another variety, let’s reflect it (right click>transform>reflect)

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Step09:
Now, start using the pucker tool again in some area.

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And then go into transparency box and change it into overlay mode and 75% opacity.

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Step10:
This is the result.

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