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Is there a way convert images to vector images?

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by DnDSigns, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. DnDSigns

    DnDSigns New Member

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    My customer wants a certain image that they are using on everything for their business. They originally found this image doing a google search. Now, they want us to use this image for their pylon faces. Is there a way to change this image to a vector image, so that I can cut it?? Or anyway at all to convert this to make it cutable??

    Thanks for the help!!

    Sincerely,
    Dixie
     
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  2. Rick

    Rick Certified Enneadecagon Designer

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    The question is should they be using it? When did Google images become a clip art warehouse...
     
  3. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    First, before they get too invested in this "image" , is it theirs to use?
    Am image got from a google search is more than likely someone elses property.
    Second whether it can be turned into a vector is entirely depenendent on what it looks like. You're best option there is to us the "Vector Doctor" who is a merchant member here. He will convert if it can be done.
     
  4. N2Harpz

    N2Harpz Very Active Member

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    I get this in the shop all the time. As a matter of fact I have one right now that the customer paid Kinkos to make their logo. I'm sure it is clip art from some where. He told me to get the art work from their web site. I told them to have Kinkos send me the vector. They just don't understand.

    Any way to answer your question. Yes someone in this forum could make a vector. Post a pic so we can see what it looks like.
     
  5. bob

    bob Major Contributor

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    Rantings of the copyright police notwithstanding, the notion of 'converting' a bitmap to a vector image is a bit of a fantasy. One does not convert a bitmap to a vector, one must redraw it. The information simply does not exist in a bitmap, even a bitmap that was made from a vector image, to recreate the vector image by algorithm. It's a judgment job.

    There is software that attempts to follow what it perceives as edges but that's not a 'conversion', it's a tracing. Some of it can do a reasonably decent job, but it's still a best guess. More often than not you still have to tweak and diddle the results to get it to some acceptable level.
     
  6. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

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    The correct and best way for your client to proceed, if the client has any desire for this image to be identified with his business and only his business, would be to either locate the creator of the image and see if exclusive rights can be acquired or to hire an artist to create something similar but original and then sell your client all rights to it.

    Snagging images off the internet is almost always a copyright infringement. Using clipart under license is a step up but does not include any rights to claim ownership of the intellectual property.

    Having covered that, converting any image to a vector is not a need that lends itself to a single one size fits all solution. It depends on the nature of the art and the desired look of the vector. If you are in need of developing the skills to do this, there are lots of tutorials showing as many different approaches. If you need the work done and don't have time to learn to do it first, hiring the Vector Doctor is your shortest path to an immediate solution.
     
  7. Graphics2u

    Graphics2u Very Active Member

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    Many ways of doing this:

    1. The Vector Doctor - A member here who does great vector conversion.

    2. Use a tracing program - Included with Illustrator, Flexi, Corel, Even online at Vector Magic. These options however will not do it all. Depending on what your original image is and looks like you may have alot of cleanup in the vector image to do.

    3. Draw it by hand - Using the tools in your software recreate the image by drawing your vector image on top of the original you have. This is normally much better than tracing but does take experience in the software you're using.
     
  8. DnDSigns

    DnDSigns New Member

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    Here is the image they want to use...

    I am not a fan of this image, but if the customer wants it.... :)

    Thanks for your help!
     

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  9. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    1 minute tops heh
     
  10. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    30 seconds in corel trace. PM me your email addy and I'll send it to you. That is, if you can read a corel .cmx file
     
  11. Just Another Sign Guy

    Just Another Sign Guy Very Active Member

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    :frustrated::banghead::frustrated::banghead::frustrated:
     
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  13. Rick

    Rick Certified Enneadecagon Designer

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    Thats a nice wall sconce lampshade or dress...
     
  14. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    Argggggh!!!!
     
  15. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    That's going on a large Pylon sign ??






    :popcorn:
     
  16. Flame

    Flame Major Contributor

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    I think we're being punk'd
     
  17. speedmedia

    speedmedia Very Active Member

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    Here we go again.....

    Nice Dress!
     
  18. 2972renfro

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    Never ceases to amaze me. I can understand this question coming from Joe customer, but how can you be in the sign business and not how to do something so simple. There should be a test to let people in
     
  19. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

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    What the frock?
    hahaha
    Love....Jill
     
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    is it grainy or is that a lace pattern?
     
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