Illustrator CC – Creating an object mosaic but ignore transparent pixels?

I decided that converting my pixel images to vector through Inkscape was a lot of work and it couldn’t convert 16px images without being resized first. So I figured out I could use the “Create Object Mosaic” feature in Illustrator, it does exactly what I want.. The only problem is that it creates a 16×16 grid no matter what, and all the transparent pixels are filled in with white.

Is there any way I can set it to ignore the transparent pixels in the image? Or a better way of doing it?

Here’s some visuals, starting with the options I use:


What it outputs:

Output Paths

What I have to delete each time:

Transparent Pixels


  1. Select one of the blocks:

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  1. Menu… Select → Same → Fill Color

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  1. Result, ready for you to delete or change color or whatever:

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Alternative Method

As an alternative you can Image Trace and find the preset that works for you. In this case High Fidelity Photo then click the Expand button next to the dropdown menu in the screenshot.

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