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near impossible vector job

Discussion in 'Adobe' started by The Vector Doctor, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. The Vector Doctor

    The Vector Doctor Very Active Member

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    Someone sent me a file (see attachment). This is about 1/4 of the image that they wanted to have converted into vector. Well when you see it you'll understand why I turned it down. I could not post the entire image since it was too large.

    So my question is, what kind of software would be used to create something like this? I assume there must be mapping software that aids this process. There aren't enough hours and free time in my day to do something like this by hand tracing.

    Impossible no, but if anyone wants to tackle this I would be more than happy to give them your name.
     

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  2. Techman

    Techman Major Contributor

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    cad soft
     
  3. signage

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    VD how big is the actual drawing? Graphtec make large scanners that are used for scanning this type of information into raster files.
     
  4. Rick

    Rick Certified Enneadecagon Designer

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    Not that I would do it, but I have done my share of converting old hand drawn plans into vector drawings. I used Illustrator for it and did it all by hand and imported it into AutoCad. Not fun but it's what the boss needed done....mindless work that needs to be done in between fun stuff or you can go crazy.........that probably has 8-10 hours of work on it.
     
  5. Flame

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    I would flat turn it down. I don't care if I could pull it off in 14 hours, I would fry my brain working on it. No thank you.
     
  6. The Vector Doctor

    The Vector Doctor Very Active Member

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    30"x30" at 300 dpi. The image is already hi res and relatively good. Not sure of the importance of having a vector.
     
  7. MAB SIGNS

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    Hey thats my neighborhood!
     
  8. TC49010

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    Hey Eric!!!
    I bet you really appreciate my simple little designs now huh?!!!:Big Laugh

    I guess I am at a loss too as to why they would need it in vector.. that would be a easy print/cut to me.. theres no way I would attemp to weed that image!

    Trixie
     
  9. Pro Image

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    Whats the name of the park in the upper righ hand coner???:Big Laugh :Big Laugh :Big Laugh

    Looks like F***n Park.................lol:Oops: :Big Laugh
     
  10. The Vector Doctor

    The Vector Doctor Very Active Member

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    Its a German city map from a German customer - Funckepark.

    Apparently customer wants to use for Google sketchup program and to color houses individually. Thus the vector need.
     
  11. The Vector Doctor

    The Vector Doctor Very Active Member

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    Yes a job like that would cause serious hand and brain discomfort.
     
  12. Outline Graphics

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    I think I'm going to throw up after considering all that's involved with converting that to Vector... ((hand over mouth)) Gonna be sick!

    Don't blame you for turning that down!
     
  13. Pro Image

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    DAMN German engineering............lol:Big Laugh
     
  14. mark in tx

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    I know you pride yourself on fast turn-around, but you could charge whatever you want for that, and take 3 weeks to do it.
     
  15. Bigdawg

    Bigdawg Just Me

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    Would be a pure Illustrator redraw for me and there is no way I would do it to begin with. I'd tell them to overlay color layers in photshop if they want to colorize it.
     
  16. Cadmn

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    I believe there is a web page that produces satelight mappings of housing sites
    that might be worth looking into not sure how it might work but it is out there
     
  17. player

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    Can you use contrast and other tricks to get it into a high contrast state for an auto-trace in Flexi?
     
  18. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    i would tell them to have it printed as a bitmap and then....pay someone to color in the places they want colored......makes sence to me......
     
  19. ENTDesign

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    If that is from a municipal (sp?) map, then the engineering/architect firm who produced this probably used a CAD program and perhaps can export it as a dfx file which could then be imported into Illustrator. They should ask the city government to see if this is so, and if they can get a copy of the file. They might have to pay for it.
     
  20. geedub

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    ENTDesign said what I was about to say. There will be a company who originally drew this neighborhood/area and saved it as a .dwg or other cad format. If you can get ahold of them and ask them for the .dwg then you can use one of a number of programs to transform it into a .pdf and open it in illustrator. I use acme cad convertor. That will be your best way of getting vectors imo, other than that I'd have to pass on vectorizing that, because they're just going to come back with more and if they were to go to the engineering firm who made the original blueplan, they would save a LOT of money and your time....
     
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