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Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by R.A.S, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. R.A.S

    R.A.S New Member

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    so since im on the newbie forum id guess everyone will know im new to this. this may b a dumb question but i cant figure it out. im using coreldraw x4. the problem im having is when someone emails me a pic of a logo or lettering they want i dont know how to take it from a picture to a worthy piece to cut. ive tried using the power trace but i lose half the image. if someone could point me in the right direction it would b greatly appreciated. thank you
     
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  2. Pixels Are Bad Mmmkay?

    Pixels Are Bad Mmmkay? Very Active Member

    Try a program called Inkscape. It is free to download and has an absolutely amazing trace feature. Corel...eh...not so much.

    Find the art you need traced and open it up in Inkscape. Click on the image to select it. At the top of the screen, click 'Path'. On the dropdown menu, click 'Trace Bitmap'. I typically use 'Multiple Scan'. I check 'Smooth, check 'Stack Scans' and uncheck 'Remove Background'. Then select the number of colors (including the background) and type it in the query for 'Scans'. Next I typically check the 'Colors' selection as most scans are in color to some degree. For greyscale images, select 'Grays'. Next click 'OK' and Inkscape will scan the image leaving a single path for every color. Next, I typically grab the vector layer and slide it off to the side, then remove the bitmap layer from underneath. Next, save it as an .eps file and you can import it into almost any if not all graphic programs as well as cutting programs.

    You can find it here...

    http://inkscape.org/
     
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    Kottwitz-Graphics Very Active Member

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    Vector Doctor...great prices, great turnaround....

    If you must do it yourself, you won't get perfect results by an auto trace program. You get better results redrawing the art.
     
  4. signage

    signage Major Contributor

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    Need to learn how to use the Bezier tool and node editing. Then you can place the image and trace it yourself.
     
  5. R.A.S

    R.A.S New Member

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    Thank you everyone so much!!!!! Ill let ya know how I make out.
     
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