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This post was started in 2014!!!!!!!!! and still no image trace available. blows my mine how great this software is but how it is still missing some of the key features that a lot of us use. This along with an envelope distort tool for text that doesn't raster the effect and keeps the vector lines (which I use for a plotter/cutter) would also be a great edition and im sure has also been requested for a long time. 

Keeping my fingers crossed V2 will have these features.  

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Image tracer in Illustrator is a major part of my workflow, though the main reason I use it is to actually smooth raster lines and give the impression of line weight to them due to how Illustrator tapers the traced lines. Even if it's not an artistically chosen line weight like an artist would do with pen pressure, it's still a nice effect rather than lines of all the same width with no tapering, and the actual vector output doesn't matter so much to me.

While the usual tracing features (which also exist elsewhere) aren't so useful to me, I'd love to see a smooth & tapering effects pass which Illustrator's tracing somehow manages, which no other tracing implementation does as far as I know. I don't have many good ideas for how it would be implemented though, perhaps first removing speckles of certain sizes, breaking all continuous blobs of colour into vector objects, and then doing a tapering effect on any end segments which follow a long stretch of roughly equal width shape outlines running in near-parallel.

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4 hours ago, spidermurph said:

Have you all seen the new Inkscape 1.2

It has vector trace and a heap of other features you have been asking for and, it's free.

They have made a lot of improvements to the app and it feels very pro now.

I need to check this out. Maybe moving to this free app instead of using Affinity Designer can solve a lot of issues.  I haven’t seen many improvements on Affinity Designer in a while. 

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For a program such as Affinity Designer not to have Live Trace is disappointing to learn. I am not sure if Affinity is a remake of DrawPlus back in the days, in which tracing was part up until v. X8. But the AutoTrace function has not made it into Affinity Designer. This forum is pondering on the subject with their first post since 2014. Sigh.

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On 5/22/2022 at 8:49 AM, AffinityAppMan said:

I need to check this out. Maybe moving to this free app instead of using Affinity Designer can solve a lot of issues.  I haven’t seen many improvements on Affinity Designer in a while. 

I think they will update Designer in the future as it already had a patch along with other apps. As for vector trace, I've never had a problem using Adobe Capture as a go-around to export an SVG to Designer on the Mac. The rest of Designer is fine but for vector trace, if I have to, is done on Adobe Capture which is a free app for iOS ( iPhone and iPad ). It works for me every time. Unless you're on Windows, then use Inkscape or other vector apps as a go around. 

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People keep mentioning that DrawPlus had an autotrace feature. Apart from the fact that what was in an old "legacy" product is irrelevant to the Affinity apps, (as they use completely different code,) it was (IMHO) pretty rubbish! Basically you either got detail less blobs or a huge file with hundreds of nodes. Inkscape is much better and, hopefully, AD will have an equally (or better) autotrace feature soon.

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14 hours ago, PaulEC said:

People keep mentioning that DrawPlus had an autotrace feature. Apart from the fact that what was in an old "legacy" product is irrelevant to the Affinity apps, (as they use completely different code,) it was (IMHO) pretty rubbish! Basically you either got detail less blobs or a huge file with hundreds of nodes. Inkscape is much better and, hopefully, AD will have an equally (or better) autotrace feature soon.

I don’t find Autotrace rubbish as long as you spend time adjusting the parameters beforehand.

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4 hours ago, Catshill said:

I don’t find Autotrace rubbish as long as you spend time adjusting the parameters beforehand.

Your experience of Autotrace in DrawPlus is obviously different to mine! I always seemed to spend forever messing with it, just to get a mediocre result. In Inkscape it just works (most of the time). I really hope that when we finally get Autotrace in AD it is much better than it was in DrawPlus.

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On 5/24/2022 at 6:13 AM, Catshill said:

I don’t find Autotrace rubbish as long as you spend time adjusting the parameters beforehand.

I agree. It all depends on the source file and the settings. The results may even be better than expected, with a variable line thickness effect ( DrawPlusX5 ).

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+1

Have been looking for an alternative for Inkscape. The UI of Affinity Designer appealed to me immediately. However, in my opinion, a few important features are still missing, such as the Auto Trace mentioned here.

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