I have this image text which I was able to obtain from a low resolution jpg and then cleaned it out to this point, but now as can be seen in the pic it does not look smooth. I can't find the words I should use to google this and find out how to make the writing look more smoother. Whenever I search for smoothen, Google only shows me blurring options but blurring did not help.

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The lines look so irregular. Is there a tool that can easily smoothen this out in GIMP? For example the "G" curve I want it to smoothen to average to a nice curve as in the process of Curve Fitting.

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    I think it would be better if you moved to inkscape? But realistically ist not worth the hastle just draw the curves again.
    – joojaa
    Nov 9, 2022 at 14:45
  • alright! thank you. i guess that would be the only way then xd Nov 9, 2022 at 15:34
  • You could downsample the image and then do a Trace Bitmap in Inkscape. Might have to fix some wonky paths manually though see example
    – Billy Kerr
    Nov 9, 2022 at 22:01
  • thank you! i had a python script in blender python that would convert the image to a mesh and then i was able to smooth it out in blender xd Nov 10, 2022 at 13:49

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Short of actually redrawing the curves using a vector image editor, it's possible to get a decent enough result using Inkscape's trace bitmap function. The same would be possible in Adobe Illustrator using its trace function (but Illustrator isn't free).

Here's how I would do it.

  1. In GIMP, rescale the image to make it much smaller - using Image > Scale Image. Scale it to about 800px wide, interpolation Linear. That will kind of even out all the hard anti-aliased pixels.

Something like this

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  1. Import this into Inkscape, Select it, and do Path > Trace Bitmap - use the settings shown below

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  1. The result is pretty smooth. You might want to tweak some of the curves, handles and nodes manually if you think something isn't quite right.

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  1. Finally recolour the traced vector by sampling from the original using the eyedropper.

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  • wow! fantastic! thank you so much! Nov 11, 2022 at 15:40

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