im trying to create an hq svg, but also remove the black space top and bottom of image.

im having difficulties, ive tried vectormagic, picsvg, now i am trying to use inkscape, but im not even sure if its possible in ink scape, i can create the svg no problems, but removing the black and top and bottom is a pin, as black is part of the image detail. so i need to somehow create thin black line border around the image instead of the large black space.


my plan was to burn it onto wood with a laser



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    The image is reversed out. Can't you just invert it? Then draw a rectangle around it?
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Mar 18, 2021 at 12:58

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Here's one possibility with Inkscape

  1. In the example below, I did a Trace Bitmap in Inkscape, using the "invert" option.

  2. Then I selected the drawing, and set the fill to white (this will make it disappear temporarily)

  3. Then I added a thick black outer stroke, with rounded joins

enter image description here

  1. With the Bézier tool, I redrew some of the black areas that are missing, such as the black of the Darth Vader mask. and the area around the head of the character just above R2D2, and sent those to the bottom of the layer stack.

  2. Then I drew a thin rectangle around everything

enter image description here

  • wow that is amazing :) do you have the full size artwork you can send ? Commented Mar 18, 2021 at 20:24
  • i tried duplicating that but could not get join type selected Commented Mar 18, 2021 at 20:37
  • which mode did you use in trace bitmap ? Commented Mar 18, 2021 at 20:39
  • @alienkidmj12 - just use the default settings, but choose the "invert" option. See example. Sorry I didn't save it, also we don't give out free artwork here anyway as it's frowned upon.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Mar 18, 2021 at 20:50
  • ive managed to get to the point where i need to use Bézier tool, i guess whats to make lines, so then i can use the fill option ? Commented Mar 18, 2021 at 20:52

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