Questions about the manual or automated process of redrawing an image from a bitmap to a vector object.

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How can I convert a jpg-signature into strokes?

I would like to convert a scanned signature into a vector file. Specifically, I'd like to obtain a clean, small svg, like Barack Obama's signature on Wikipedia. It consists solely of paths with no ...
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How do I keep edged flush when tracing with the pen tool in Illustrator?

I'm just learning how to trace images with the pen tool in Illustrator -how do you trace when you have lines protruding from the whole (a line that offshoots) or when you have two objects which need ...
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How to make graphics that cannot be traced?

We are making a website for graphic designers to sell their work to fashion designers. However the problem is that if we showcase their work, it can simply be copied and traced. I want to ask your ...
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How to get rid of these outline artifacts in an Inkscape SVG trace?

I can get good trace results in Inkscape converting a bitmap to a vector image - except for these persistent thin outline artifacts. They resemble a topographic map and pretty much ruin the trace. ...
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How can I outline this image with a thick black border

I would like to turn this image into just a simple black outline. Like this simple hand drawn example below, but more precise.
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How to reduce the file size of a Live Trace (high fidelity) image

I have a PNG, its width is 1960px and height is 1583px. It is 3.3MB in total. When I go to Illustrator Live Trace > Photo High Fidelity, and then I expand the paths, the vector image is very good ...
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Recognize all table cells

I opened a PDF file in illustrator, and I noticed that it only created objects for some of the cells, example I tried using using a trace, but I cannot seem to select the problem cells. How can I ...
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How to correctly using potrace (CLI) to trace bitmap

I was trying to vectorize a .png. I found a utility (which is incorporated into InkScape), the potrace. If any of you knows how to use potrace, kindly teach me the right way to get sharp output. ...
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Using a pattern to cut out areas from a group of shapes in Illustrator

I have an image that's been image traced. All I want to do is cut out horizontal stripes out of the image. Since I want to cut out a lot of evenly spaced stripes, I thought the easiest way would be ...
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Easiest way to wrap label around an existing bottle / can

I'm trying to add a label to a can in Adobe Illustrator CS6. I've seen tutorials on how to create the bottle using 3D revolve and then map the art (using a symbol) to the 3D object. The problem is, I ...
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Transparency is lost in illustrator CS6 when I use image trace. Help!

so I'm pretty new to illustrator so sorry if this is obvious - but, I'm having troubles with the transparency of a flower image. I placed the image of the flower which has no background from a saved ...
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Illustrator/photoshop: give stroke sharp corners

Here is what I want. This is the image I got. and I do outline by first creating the pen outline.. then stroking by brush. this is what i get: but i want the all edges pointed. For example like ...
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How to reduce the number of nodes in a traced map using inkscape?

I was trying to incorporate a map outline in a logo using trace bitmap feature in inkscape. I was able to trace with some modifications in the setting, but the problem is it has more number of nodes. ...
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Adobe Illustrator: Is there a way to set the image-trace palette limit to a number over 30?

I'm trying to perform an image-trace on a bitmap artwork. The vector result will then be cut into glass, and I need to have exactly 60 colors, since we only have 60 colors of glass. Is there a way to ...
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Batch image trace in Illustrator

Is there any way to batch trace images located in a directory with High fidelity option? I created an action including open an image, image trace it with high fidelity option, save it as PDF and ...
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Command-line bitmap tracing with inkscape

Suppose you want to trace multiple bitmaps with some fixed inkscape tracing settings, is there a way to do it automatically with a batch file?
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Tracing Problems With Inkscape

I've created a logo using Fireworks and I'm trying to vectorise it in Inkscape. The problem that I have is that my whole logo has a solid black glow around it to make it really stand out but when I ...
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AI - Removing ghost lines from path tracing before merging to a compound path

Here's the task: I import an image, trace it black and white, and then try to convert the result into a compound path in order to use it easily later on. Here's the problem: When I combine to a ...
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How to fill or Paint bucket in Inkscape without white space between two paths? [duplicate]

In inkscape I imported a jpg map file and by using trace bitmap utility I created a set of paths. Now I am trying to fill the regions between maps using paint bucket tool( More specifically the ...
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How do I trace this bitmap with JPEG artifacts?

I'm attempting to trace the following bitmap: Image by ACStewart from the web comic "Behind the GIFs" As humans, we can clearly see this was originally a vector, and should trace well. The problem ...
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How to image trace halftones in Illustrator

This is somewhat of a continuation on the last project I was working on. I have this image of the California Bear that I altered in Photoshop: When I place the picture into Illustrator and use the ...
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How do I create an outline around a raster image?

Let's say I have a PNG image (with transparent background) like the below simplified example. What is the quickest way with either Illustrator or Photoshop to create a vector path/image (i.e., ...
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Image-trace in Illustrator - How to join objects together?

I have traced a logo from a jpeg in illustrator. It is two colours - black and blue. When it was made it ended up with an extra blue shape outlining the some of the black. Is there a way to add the ...
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How to draw a squiggly in Photoshop?

I'm trying to draw a squigly line exactly like the one in the picture to be used as in illustration featuring Styrofoam peanuts. I've tried the pen tool (with my amateurish skills) and I've even ...
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Maintaining correct line thickness and small dots seem mutually exclusive in Illustrator's Image Trace

I am attempting to use Image Trace to vectorise an illustration drawn with technical pens. The drawing has variable line thicknesses, which I want to preserve as accurately as possible, but also small ...
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Smoothing calligraphy / script lines in Illustrator

After you finish your custom script and have scan it to your computer to illustrator, how do you smooth the lines when vectorizing your script as if you have done it by hand? And how do you control ...
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Blending Colors after Image Trace - Illustrator CS6

I've used image trace to turn a .png file into a vector image but some of the colors in the sky background look kind of off. Is there a way that I can blend the shades of blue in the sky so that it ...
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Tracing big vs small image

I have a pen sketch scanned with resolution ~ 7000x5000px 300DPI. When I'm trying to trace the whole image with Illustrator CS6 into b/w, I am losing details overall. Example is on the left side. It's ...
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Why can't I ImageTrace an image in my pattern?

I need to image trace some images that are in a custom pattern I made so that I can recolor the pattern. The images were placed there and linked in a previous Illustrator session. When I'm in the ...
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Adobe Illustrator CS5.5 - repair borders after image trace

I'm creating a pattern design in illustrator. I used the trace feature but I'm not happy with the outcome. The tracing smoothed out the borders too much and I lost the square "rocky edge" look I'm ...
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How can I get the output from Image Trace to be Strokes instead of a Fill?

I need to trace picture below to vector. After tracing it with black and white mode I got result below that I don't like. I would like to have all lines to be in the same constant width. What ...
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List of images for tracing [closed]

I would like to practice tracing a variety of images in Adobe Illustrator moving from basic to advanced in complexity. Is there any single place that stores like a pack or list of images like these? ...
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Preserve Gradients while tracing PNG

I'm trying to convert a PNG to SVG by using trace tool. The problem I'm facing is that the resulting image doesn't preserve gradients properly. Here are two versions of the image that I'm able to ...
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How can I manually add outlines to image traced using Image Trace

I have an image traced in Black and White mode using Image Trace in Adobe Illustrator. Doing this gives me outlines of which areas of the image will be rendered in white and which will be in black. I ...
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How should I trace/vectorize my logo?

First of all I would like to say that I'm new to AI and PS, therefore there's probably lots of things I'm not doing right. I am using CS5 version. I have a logo that is mainly black and white, but ...
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Illustrator: IImage Trace -Not able to release after editing

This is the image I am trying to trace and I have gotten to the second stage after erasing the outside and unwanted stuff, . Now I went to try get it back to normal but as you can see the image trace ...
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Live Trace VS Image Trace

I want to create a sphere with green grass texture , I searched and I wanted to use this method to create grass texture , but as we know , In Illustrator CC 2014 , instead of Live trace ,there is ...
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Including detail in Image Trace with Adobe Illustrator

So I have some designs that I'm trying to get print ready. They're all 1 to 2 colors and were designed in Photoshop at 8 inches x 8 inches and 300 dpi. I didn't realize, but the designs actually need ...
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Shirt Pattern making

I like to draw, and I've drawn this yesterday: Large image. I want to make this a T-Shirt, so I need to make this drawing a vector. I want to make it different, not the regular vector-drawn shape. ...
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Curvature Tool Illustrator: How to find the curve in degrees and the distance in pixels between point(s)

New to Illustrator CC 2015. I have an image I need to trace and find the curve in degrees and the distance in pixels between the point(s) (Using the Curvature Tool since I think that's the best way of ...
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converting drawing to “single” line vector

I scanned a colouring book page that I sketched (zentangle drawings) and no matter how I convert to vector, all the lines are doubled (outline instead of a single line). It takes forever to go through ...
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Image trace creates points in strange way

After image trace I got picture close to original, but with strange anchors locations. If I try to delete one of them I cut whole peace of immage. Looks like another anchor is located in oposite ...
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Align traced text into an object (square). Illustrator

Can someone tell me what Am I doing wrong? I want my traced text (Schlitz) to be aligned in the center of the red square. I tried several methods but can't get it done(wether nothing happens, wether ...
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Adobe Illustrator cs4 Live Trace an image (jpg, png) and mode color image disappears

Open file in Illustrator Select > Live Trace if Mode = black and white everything works if Mode = colour image disappears, cannot see. Object gone. All suggestions welcome. It is not file ...
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How would I replicate this deep etching of rocks with a Photoshop action?

I have a bunch of images of rocks that look like this: ... and I deep etched this one by hand to look like this: Sadly, I have a butt load more to do. I have trouble getting actions to separate ...
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Illustrator: Why is the “expand” function greyed out on my trace I just made?

Why is the "expand" function greyed out on my trace I just made? Was an image of maize grains that I converted into 4 colours. So although very complex, only 4 different colours.
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Exporting ray-traced 3D animation Photoshop CC

I have a 3D logo made in photoshop and I made a basic 3D rotation animation. I ray-trace the object but when I export it, it appears that it's not ray-traced and looks bad. I've tried all the 3D ...
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Using Shape Builder and Image Trace

I am very new to Adobe Illustrator and I am trying to remove a section of an image traced object. It will be easier if I explain using diagrams.Before I continue, I know how to use Shape Builder for ...
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Creating stained glass patterns from photos, Illustrator Image Trace?

I'm looking to create cut-out patterns for stained glass projects from photographs, and I've started to dabble with Illustrator's "Image Trace" tool. Ideally, I'd like to have the image traced, have ...
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Turning traced and expanded image back to single layered image in Illustrator

How do I turn a traced and expanded image back to a single layered image? I'm new to Ai.