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It's not yet a feature within Affinity Designer, in the meantime some sites do auto tracing. You then download an .SVG file which can be opened in Designer for further editing.

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3 minutes ago, silikonanswer said:

Affinity is tight lipped regarding if this funcionality is going to be implemented ūüėě

While waiting for the auto trace ghost to appear you can try...

v_kyr Kindly made this list of alternatives...

Some desktop app tools

Some online tracing tools:

 

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8 hours ago, silikonanswer said:

Affinity is tight lipped regarding if this funcionality is going to be implemented ūüėě

FWIW, several years ago one of (I think) the developers said they would not implement auto tracing unless they could improve on what is (or was at that time) already available in other auto-tracers.

What that means is anybody's guess.

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On 9/6/2021 at 5:08 PM, R C-R said:

FWIW, several years ago one of (I think) the developers said they would not implement auto tracing unless they could improve on what is (or was at that time) already available in other auto-tracers.

What that means is anybody's guess.

Fascinating. It's a shame as their DrawPlus application had an excellent autotrace function. Example loaded.

Pendle-Hill-towns-Clitheroe-Whalley-Eng-Lancashire.webp

PendleHil.svg

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On 9/7/2021 at 2:08 AM, R C-R said:

FWIW, several years ago one of (I think) the developers said they would not implement auto tracing unless they could improve on what is (or was at that time) already available in other auto-tracers.

What that means is anybody's guess.

It sounds like a 'nothing' answer, because its a standard feature of other vector applications.  Strange that they can't borrow this feature from DrawPlus.  Its not advertised in the suite so surely Serif don't expect me to go buy that too.  If I have Adobe Illustrator, why do I need Affinity Designer?  Lets face it, most of us bought Affinity Designer because we didn't want to be gouged monthly by Adobe.  Really happy to support Affinity in their aim to be an affordable alternative.  And while Vector Magic is excellent, its not free  - the desktop edition costs more than both my Affinity products combined lol.  The only 'in application' option I have for tracing which doesn't cost additional $ is Inkscape. 

However, today when I searched to see what new options there were, I found a few.  This one has a GPL-3.0 license, is simple to use, and free:

https://wieslawsoltes.github.io/Trace/

If the trace doesn't work perfectly, try increasing the first number in 'color filter'.  Information about who made it and how it works is here:

https://github.com/wieslawsoltes/Trace

Found another one that does colour:

https://www.textcompare.org/vectorize/

 

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21 minutes ago, f-bot said:

Strange that they can't borrow this feature from DrawPlus.

Nothing strange about it. The Windows-only Serif 'draw' apps & the cross-platform Affinity apps are built on entirely different code bases so there is very little code that could run on both of them.

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