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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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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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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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