I have an raster image like this. That I would like to convert into an svg. enter image description here

I tried the Image Trace option in Illustrator thinking that it would makes colored squares on top of a black box but that does not work and just turns the whole image into a black shape.

I need it to convert into a vector because it turns into this when embedded into a pdf. enter image description here

I'm open to any solution other than converting it to a vector if it makes it look like the first picture inside a pdf. The pdf was generated using Latex if that information helps. The original image is here if required.


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I would try the following image trace options. You want to make sure your corners are set to 100%. The end result is about 41kb SVG.

image trace options

I think it turns out pretty good.


Demo zoom in

You could also try Object -> Create Object Mosaic. You will have to mess around with the amount of tiles you use.

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    Create Object Mosaic worked perfectly for me. I couldn't get the image trace to work with the parameters as you showed. My image just turns into a black shape. Video is here if you want to take a look.
    – Rashiq
    Apr 7, 2021 at 15:29

Personally I think tracing this image as vector graphic is a bit overkill.

If converted to a png file with a reasonable resolution (quick way: just take a screenshot of the zoomed in tiff image):

enter image description here

your pdf reader should not have problems displaying the image:

enter image description here

(including it as image will avoid all problems with all these "thin line enhancements" features etc. most pdf viewers have switched on by default)

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