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  1. There are several possibilities to do this (many ways lead to Rome) and it can be done with a PNG logo file in APhoto or via a vector logo in ADesigner etc. - In order to vectorize a complex bitmap PNG logo into a vector format you would need some third party tracing app, or you have to retrace it manually in ADesigner. Putting a bitmap or vector logo then into a trapezoid should be easy via clipping. APhoto and a bitmap PNG logo screencast_ap.mp4 ADesigner and a vector logo screencast_ad.mp4
  2. This is a common question and requirement for Affinity Designer and instead of manual hand-tracing there are a bunch of third party tools, which can be used as workarounds for such demands ... Some forum threads about bitmap tracing/vectorization: Image Tracing in Affinity Designer? Image Trace to Vector Path Converting Pixel drawing to Vector? Auto Trace In AFFINITY DESIGNER Best Image Vectorizer for Mac with Affinity Designer ... and so on ... Vectorization and autotracing software for Win + Macs: Super Vectorizer 2 (commercial, Mac) TracedLines (commercial, Mac) Intaglio Vectorize (free to use, Mac) DragPotrace (Mac) + Potrace (free, Win + Mac) Potrace (free, Win + Mac) AutoTrace (free, Win+Mac) Inkscape (free, Win + Mac) MS Expression Design 4 (win, nowadays free) Image Vectorizer (commercial, mac) Vector Magic (commercial, win + mac) Online tracing tools: autotracer vectorizer vectorization Vectorize Raster Images Online (online Photopea, free) ...etc... Online centerline supporting tracing tools: Rapid resizer fConvert Online Vectorizer ...etc...
  3. Some other forum threads about bitmap tracing/vectorization: Image Tracing in Affinity Designer? Image Trace to Vector Path Auto Trace In AFFINITY DESIGNER Best Image Vectorizer for Mac with Affinity Designer ... and so on ... Vectorization and autotracing software for Win + Macs: Super Vectorizer 2 (commercial, Mac) TracedLines (commercial, Mac) Intaglio Vectorize (free to use, Mac) DragPotrace (Mac) + Potrace (free, Win + Mac) Potrace (free, Win + Mac) AutoTrace (free, Win+Mac) Inkscape (free, Win + Mac) MS Expression Design 4 (win, nowadays free) Image Vectorizer (commercial, mac) Vector Magic (commercial, win + mac) Online tracing tools: autotracer vectorizer vectorization Vectorize Raster Images Online (online Photopea, free) ...etc... Online centerline supporting tracing tools: Rapid resizer fConvert Online Vectorizer ...etc...
  4. This is a common question and requirement for Affinity Designer and instead of manual hand-tracing there are a bunch of third party tools, which can be used as workarounds for such demands ... Some forum threads about bitmap tracing/vectorization: Image Tracing in Affinity Designer? Image Trace to Vector Path Converting Pixel drawing to Vector? Auto Trace In AFFINITY DESIGNER Best Image Vectorizer for Mac with Affinity Designer ... and so on ... Vectorization and autotracing software for Win + Macs: Super Vectorizer 2 (commercial, Mac) TracedLines (commercial, Mac) Intaglio Vectorize (free to use, Mac) DragPotrace (Mac) + Potrace (free, Win + Mac) Potrace (free, Win + Mac) AutoTrace (free, Win+Mac) Inkscape (free, Win + Mac) MS Expression Design 4 (win, nowadays free) Image Vectorizer (commercial, mac) Vector Magic (commercial, win + mac) Online tracing tools: autotracer vectorizer vectorization Vectorize Raster Images Online (online Photopea, free) ...etc... Online centerline supporting tracing tools: Rapid resizer fConvert Online Vectorizer ...etc...
  5. @v_kyr Kindly made this list of alternatives... Some desktop app tools potrace (Win/Mac/Linux, free) DragPotrace (a Mac only GUI frontend for potrace, free) autotrace (Win/Mac/Linux, free) Inkscape (Win/Mac/Linux, free) Intaglio Vectorize (Mac, free) MS Expression Design 4 (Win, free to use since longer times since discontinuous) Super Vectorizer (Mac, commercial) Image Vectorizer (Mac, commercial) Vector Magic (Win/Mac, commercial) ...and so on... Some online tracing tools: www.autotracer.org www.vectorizer.io www.vectorization.org www.photopea.org online-converting.com/autotrace/ online.rapidresizer.com/tracer.php ...and so on...
  6. There is no autotrace (raster to vector) in any affinity app. This is a searchable online help: https://affinity.help/ @v_kyr Kindly made this list of alternatives... Some desktop app tools potrace (Win/Mac/Linux, free) DragPotrace (a Mac only GUI frontend for potrace, free) autotrace (Win/Mac/Linux, free) Inkscape (Win/Mac/Linux, free) Intaglio Vectorize (Mac, free) MS Expression Design 4 (Win, free to use since longer times since discontinuous) Super Vectorizer (Mac, commercial) Image Vectorizer (Mac, commercial) Vector Magic (Win/Mac, commercial) ...and so on... Some online tracing tools: www.autotracer.org www.vectorizer.io www.vectorization.org www.photopea.org online-converting.com/autotrace/ online.rapidresizer.com/tracer.php ...and so on...
  7. Since ADesigner hasn't a build-in tracing tool and probably never will have, one has to take some third party tool for tracing here, like for example: Some desktop app tools potrace (Win/Mac/Linux, free) DragPotrace (a Mac only GUI frontend for potrace, free) autotrace (Win/Mac/Linux, free) Inkscape (Win/Mac/Linux, free) Intaglio Vectorize (Mac, free) MS Expression Design 4 (Win, free to use since longer times since discontinuous) Super Vectorizer (Mac, commercial) Image Vectorizer (Mac, commercial) Vector Magic (Win/Mac, commercial) ...and so on... Some online tracing tools: www.autotracer.org www.vectorizer.io www.vectorization.org www.photopea.org online-converting.com/autotrace/ online.rapidresizer.com/tracer.php ...and so on...
  8. Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums. You have, I think, created a raster image (not a vector), if you've made a scan. Affinity does not provide any way to vectorize a raster image other than tracing over it using the Pen Tool or Pencil Tool. There are other applications that can do this, however. For example, PoTrace, or GIMP with the PoTrace plugin. Possibly InkScape.
  9. Hi! I recently downloaded Affinity Designer so I could vectorize my block print design which contains hand lettering. I was able to figure out how to trace the outside of the letters with the pen tool but I don't understand how to trace the inside of the letters (on the same layer) so that the background can show through. For example, the letter "o" is just a solid oval and I want to cut out the center so it looks like an "o." My experience with vector programs is quite limited and I haven't been able to figure this out on my own and can't find the info online. Any help would be appreciated, thank you!
  10. https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/search/&q=tracing OR vectorize&sortby=newest
  11. Saying that is like saying "Well, this car can't go in reverse, but there's another car that can. Just hop in the other car any time you need to reverse." The whole point of vecotrizing is to offer a quick way to bring an object into vector without tracing. And, yes, I know it is not perfect quality. While Inkscape is an okay program (first vector program I've used, actually) it is sluggish and a pain to use. Honestly, by the time it takes for Inkscape to open, to vectorize, and to export the vector, I could have already traced many simpler paths by hand. If i'm just making an sbubby, it doesn't need to be perfect. And, to be clear, i'm not saying that aren't minor things that the Affinity suite is missing. There certainly are. But it's the big things that everyone knows about that will convince people to upgrade. As far as I can tell, the big things for Designer are shape builder, vectorizing, and line width tool. They should and probably will save the smaller things for the free updates.
  12. RECORD ACTIONS The feature to Record Actions is generally not essential. Although, this is a feature missing in Affinity Designer iPad which will definitely boost it’s ratings. Furthermore, it will most likely attract and be more useful for vector artists who use Procreate for the mere purpose of recording their actions, as well as having the possibility of creating animations with this feature. Not only should this feature be used for recording live actions, but it should also be used for calculating the real time it takes to complete a vector in a document. The iPad Screen Recorder Option 👎 I am currently using my iPad screen recorder. However, it’s a bit annoying for my needs to record my vector artworks with my iPad recorder. Especially when notifications pop up, the battery runs low, Apple Pencil has to charge and when having to switch from one app to the other in order to look at multiple photo references. Furthermore, when I take weeks or months worth of breaks in between, I completely lose track of the REAL time it takes me altogether to complete my vector. After all, my calculations of the time are never accurate, and I absolutely need it to be. Recommended “Record Action” In-App Features Live Action: An enable or disable button for the Live Action feature when creating a new document. As soon as we begin tracing, automatically record the LIVE actions (only tracings, not the whole screen) of our layers. Live-action Timer: automatically indicate the REAL overall time it takes to vectorize. ALWAYS AUTOMATICALLY PAUSE timer when exiting documents and the app. NEVER RESET timer without our permission until document is exported. Timeline: “Frame” actions using keyframes for layers (including grouped layers) to create video animations / text animations (similar to photoshop).
  13. I suppose the problem with understanding "very good" is in your idea about how tracing is actually being used. If you assume it's about converting a photograph into an artistic vector rendition, then it make sense. But for people working in print, vector tracing is about faithfully recreating images with limited colors such as logos as vectors that can be color separated, and/or enlarged to any size with perfect quality, for print. Makes sense, right? The only question is whether or not there is vector software that is up to that task. The answer is, absolutely! And there is absolutely software that is not good enough for this work. I've been using vector tracing this way for decades. Since the days of Adobe streamline, and Corel Trace as separate programs. Bringing them into Coreldraw and Illustrator simply made the process faster. It's odd to see people like Jet arguing against it. A quality vector tracing tool for the work I do is one that can achieve an accurate result, or near accurate result and do it in a short amount of time. I did say that above actually. " One click and a few seconds worth of adjustments and I'm done. " Illustrator's tracing absolutely does that. Coreldraw has historically not been up to the task, but the latest update is a real improvement, though still not as good as Illustrator. Inkscape is OK, but messy. DrawPlus was too unpredictable for serious use. And there are some others with varying degrees of accuracy and time. But Illustrator also has other tools that work well with tracing. For example, if I trace a logo and get a pretty good result that still needs work, I switch to the brush tool, which can toggle the node editor and the magical path smoothing tool. I don't actually use the brush, just the node editor and the path smoother. I select the object, and go over a line and it magically smooths out. I do this at the speed of someone doing doing rough sketches. It is an incredibly fast workflow to get a great result. Mission accomplished. But what if vector tracing did not exist? Logo recreation that takes me between 10 seconds, and 2 minutes, might end up taking me 45 minutes to redraw with other tools. I can't speak for what this tool means for anyone else, but I do know very well how critical it is for the work I do. Think about it. I'm working at X dollars per hour. A customer sends me a logo and says, send me back a "pdf" version of this. You may not know it, but in the print industry, there's so much frustration with customers providing garbage quality raster art that many company are flat out refusing any "photoshop" art. That has also caused a brain drain where company no longer have people with the skills to even deal with photoshop art, but that's another, interesting conversation. Anyway, "pdf" is customer speak for "vector" as customers nowadays are much less knowledgeable than 20 years ago when even customers knew what "camera ready" art meant. So vector tracing is critical. Another example. A friend of mine is a tradition artist. She brings her black and white sketches with all of their pencil marks and smears and wants them to be prepared for print, and colorized. I scan it in. Do a few seconds of adjustments in Photoshop. Then bring it into Illustrator and vector trace it. Now I have art that is ready to to be colorized. This is very, very quick work because of the tracing. Depending on the art and the print shop, I could also have just colorized it in Photoshop but as I said, some shops see Photoshop and instantly refuse because by now, they don't have that expertise in house. There are some people who actually think that art MUST be vectorized in order to be printed. Anyway, I vectorize her art, and colorize it and do it all in a very efficient way thanks to not just Photoshop, but also Illustrator's superb vector tracing. Another example. I have another friend who creates art traditionally, but he draws on transparent film, and treats the film like layers! Each film will be a different color when finished. He adds registration marks, scans it into Photoshop, cleans up a little, then over to Illustrator to vector trace. Then, each film/layer simply gets colored and now he has color separated art ready for print. None of those examples are about artistry. All of them are about accuracy and utility.
  14. This is just so frustrating. I have generally been enjoying my time with the Affinity Suite, and Publisher especially is killer software, but missing features like this really make things super difficult to get work done, when Adobe has them and they work. Sometimes we have to work with graphics we get from outside organizations, and we have no control over quality. Like right now, I have a logo I need to put on a vehicle wrap that's simply a JPG file with a white background. I need to vectorize it and make the whole thing white, so it pops against the colored wrap. And I can't, because this software suite is missing this, IMO, core functionality. I have now put the logo through vectorize it and convertio and neither can convert it. Which is ironic, because the logo was clearly designed in Illustrator using default brushes. So I can't even re-create it, because I don't have those brushes, either. Illustrator was so much better in this space, and had the tools needed to get this work done. In an ideal world, you'd be able to get usable vector files from everyone, but that's isn't reality. And Affinity is making this very, very difficult. If I have to download other software to do stuff like this, I might as well just download Illustrator and be done with it. Which is frustrating, because I much prefer the Affinity suite. TL;DR: add another vote for adding in vector tracing.
  15. I used a vectorization (also called tracing) software, it's a software which takes a bitmaps (raster file like: JPG, PNG) as input and vectorizes the bitmap drawing into a vector drawing (file formats like: SVG, EPS, PDF). For your above image an online tool like (autotracer) would generate the following as SVG and when loaded into AD and saved as an Affinity Designer file ... Alexanderad2020.svg Alexanderad2020.afdesign See also for example some other threads about such vectorization tools themes ... Image Tracing in Affinity Designer? Image Trace to Vector Path Converting Pixel drawing to Vector? Auto Trace In AFFINITY DESIGNER Best Image Vectorizer for Mac with Affinity Designer ... and so on ... Some vectorization and autotracing software for Win + Macs: Super Vectorizer 2 (commercial, Mac) TracedLines (commercial, Mac) Intaglio Vectorize (free to use, Mac) DragPotrace (Mac) + Potrace (free, Win + Mac) Potrace (free, Win + Mac) AutoTrace (free, Win+Mac) Inkscape (free, Win + Mac) Online in a webbrowser usable tracing tools: autotracer vectorizer vectorization ...etc...
  16. No, but this is often asked after in this forum and so there are already a bunch of threads which deal with this theme in the one or other way ... Image Tracing in Affinity Designer? Image Trace to Vector Path Converting Pixel drawing to Vector? Auto Trace In AFFINITY DESIGNER Best Image Vectorizer for Mac with Affinity Designer ... and so on ... Vectorization and autotracing software for Win + Macs: Super Vectorizer 2 (commercial, Mac) TracedLines (commercial, Mac) Intaglio Vectorize (free to use, Mac) DragPotrace (Mac) + Potrace (free, Win + Mac) Potrace (free, Win + Mac) AutoTrace (free, Win+Mac) Inkscape (free, Win + Mac) Online tracing tools: autotracer vectorizer vectorization ...etc...
  17. One have to take some third party tool for tracing here, like for example: potrace (win + mac, free) DragPotrace (mac GUI frontend to potrace, free) autotrace (win + mac, free) Inkscape (win + mac, free) MS Expression Design 4 (win, nowadays free) Super Vectorizer (mac) Image Vectorizer (mac) Vector Magic (win + mac) Intaglio Vectorize (mac, free) Image Vectorizer (online tool, free) Autotracer (online tool, free) Vectorize Raster Images Online (online Photopea, free) ...and so on...
  18. I assume you mean that on potrace based MacOS app one here "Image Vectorizer" (?) and thus not this online vectorizer of the same name. Since it's potrace based it's Ok, though AFAIK it doesn't perform color and centerline tracing. EPS import is not one of Affinity's strengths, thus PDF or SVG might be sometimes better suited. There are some more tracing/vectorize apps available for MacOS, partly with different features and most also capable of color tracing. Some examples of good ones are ... SuperVectorizer 2 Inkscape 1.0 beta osx (free) TracedLines Intaglio Vectorize (free no autocolor trace) etc. Vector output formats do vary partly, but PDF and SVG is supported mostly by all and will make less problems.
  19. Yes as default Intaglio Vectorize traces one color layer, so you would have to setup/add other additional color layers manually inside, in oder to trace for multiple colors. I'm not sure if that software uses maybe potrace too internally, since potrace usually traces just in BW and thus in order to trace for multiple colors one needs a color quantisation method there for dealing with the handling of different colors. Inkscape for example does exactly that automatically, they use a modified potrace code here, where they do their own color quantisation with. - Aka remember and extract all colors, or a setup amount of the most used colors, then do a continious sequence vector trace after all those single colors, finally add all traced color vector layers together to form the colored vector result. See also related: Inkscape tracing bitmaps How do I replicate Inkscape's bitmap tracer? From the Potrace FAQ ...
  20. Vectorization and autotracing software for Macs: Super Vectorizer 2 (commercial) Intaglio Vectorize (free to use) DragPotrace + Potrace (free) AutoTrace (free) Inkscape (free) Further there are a bunch of online tracing services which mostly use Potrace or AutoTrace as their tracing base here. kingfisher.svg
  21. I was lucky to check the affinity designer forum before making a purchase for it.. The need for inbuilt auto image vectorize is really important and I guess it must be obvious for a designer tool to have support for this.. Anyone can use inkscape for tracing but it is a overhead to use other tool, then export and import of vectorized form. It's a huge drawback for affinity designer to appeal in graphic designing industry. The graphic designer industry uses two major tools in India - ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR and COREL DRAW, and both of them supports quite extensive tracing features. Even Corel draw makes it product highlights as introducing power trace, upon improving the tracing ability. And illustrator has inbuilt support of different presets of strong tracing options.
  22. Of course, you need a vectorizer (tracing) software in order to vectorize bitmaps into vector format. screencast.mp4 However note though the better the bitmap file quality (size, resolution, sharpness etc.), the better the vector result a vectorize software can create out of it. So the quality and size of an input file often plays a role for the result here. Depends if the text is all there treated as one path, or is distributed over (divided into) several paths. The later would allow to copy/paste selected portions out of it.
  23. You can try out on the Ai project file when loaded into AD. fox.afdesign A workaround to recreate such forms etc. the more or less quick way is, to vectorize (trace) an image, either manually by hand (via pen + pencil tools) or via a tracing software. fox.pdf
  24. Which macOS version do you use? https://macdownload.informer.com/dragpotrace/ https://www.iboostup.com/app/com.satoakira.dragpotrace Or try out instead Intaglio Vectorize ... Intaglio Vectorize Can't speak for Affinity here, but as far as they don't have any support for this, if you have an urgend need for it (tracing), you have to use workarounds or third party software to overcome. Same with XQuartz versions here, they are not fluid or that seamless useable at all. The whole hasn't been build for OSX at all, on Win systems it's quite better useable.
  25. Well Inkscape is generally not that well ported/adapted for Macs. You can try a just Quartz build Inkscape version (no X11) and see how that works, though those will probably make headaches too. Inkscape-MacOS-Curated-Build (GitHub main page here) The Potrace CLI (command-line) tool follows old Unix traditions, where a bunch of commands are often piped together. So an ImageMagick conversion can be routed through that one and the like to vectorize some rasterfile.- In order to deal with this in a more comfortable manner, one can use the DragPotrace GUI tool (english) which loads JPG/PNG etc. directly for tracing.
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