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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. –  Scott 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? daringdashie.deviantart.com/art/… –  Yisela Sep 26 '12 at 22:08
That DeviantART link gave me a "page not found" error. –  Pieter Jun 10 at 15:20
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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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Compared with other expensive tools, you can have a look at Photoshop SVG Exporter(http://www.layerhero.com/photoshop-svg-exporter/), this Photoshop plugin can export your PSD layers as SVG vector images.

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Just a heads up: this solution requires Photoshop CC. –  Pieter Jun 10 at 15:18
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