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I need to extract vector paths from Photoshop into SVG format (or anything else Inkscape can use).

I don't have Illustrator, and buying it just to convert file formats seems silly.

So how can I get paths out of Photoshop into SVG?

If needed, I could write some code to manipulate files directly, but I'm not even sure where to begin to get the paths out.

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Could export paths to AI. then use the free AI trial to save as eps or svg. Could also use Acrobat to open the ai file and export as EPS. – SOIA Sep 26 '12 at 20:46

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This tutorial seems to work, it's for Mac but you can probably replace the intermediate steps for Win.

I haven't try them myself, but these are some resources that might help you:

If any of them help or you find an alternative way, post it for future reference :)

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Here's what I've found about these: SVG Kit is only for importing SVG into Photoshop (rasterizing everything), SVG Import/Export Converter is a plugin for another program (VGEdit), psd.js looks like an abandoned project, and the online converter rasterizes everything. – Joe Sep 26 '12 at 21:43
How about this?… – Yisela Sep 26 '12 at 22:08
That DeviantART link gave me a "page not found" error. – Pieter Jun 10 '14 at 15:20

GIMP can do this. Open the .psd and go to the paths tab, there right click on any path and there is an export option.

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