I am having a problem opening in Estlcam an SVG file created by Inkscape. Most SVG files are fine, just a few fail. I've opened the files up in a text editor to try to find out what is different. The ones that work look like standard XML: contain a path like "..." etc. The ones that don't work contain "<image xlink:href..." with what looks like a base64 encoded image.

I have tried selecting the image, then Path -> Object to Path, but I see an error "No objects to convert to path in the selection". I have tried ungrouping, but see "No groups to ungroup in the selection".

The original image was a bitmap I'm trying to convert into an SVG.

Thanks for the help.

  • Vector data can have images. Images do not become vector by placing them in a vector editor. they need to either be manually converted (called tracing) or if image is exceptionally clean you can autotrace it. So what your experiencing is indeed how it works.
    – joojaa
    Sep 10, 2023 at 5:57
  • There's no way to directly convert raster images to vector. You have 2 options, either redraw it manually using vector tools such as the Pen Tool, or select it and do Path > Trace Bitmap. Note that success with auto tracing is very dependent on the quality and kind of image you have.
    – Billy Kerr
    Sep 10, 2023 at 8:25
  • There's a nice tutorial here on youtube which shows how to use the trace bitmap functionality.
    – Billy Kerr
    Sep 10, 2023 at 9:28

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Thanks all for your help. I was able to figure out what was going on. When "Trace bitmap" Inkscape adds a new layer, the "path". If I delete the original image and leave just the path, it works fine.

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