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maybe I'm missing it, but is there an option to open a JPEG, or bitmap image and trace,or convert it to a vector file for further editing? If not there should be one, it would be a great option. eve

Tracing will come in the future - but it will be a new 'Persona' (one of the main buttons along the top left of the window) so that it can have its own UI and tools. We have a fair few ideas for this

Tracing would be just great. Really, really great.

No biggie. I can do my vector traces in Photoline, Inkscape, and (the newly open sourced) OpenToonz. OpenToonz actually does a very good job: although it might seem a bit overkill to use Studio Ghibli's animation production tool to trace artwork :-P

 

What is quite unique about OpenToonz is that it can output the single paths as well as the full outlined trace. This allows me to change the drawing intent of the paths easily in illustration software, which is pretty neat.

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+1 for me as well, but guys i don't want infinity designer team to be limited by what the market already offers.

please be as creative as you want, bring what non has done.

create a tracing tool that when we look at it we should say "this is how tracing should have been" and please let us now approximately when you guys are coming up with such an option because it's a critical functionality for many of us i think.

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+1 for me as well, but guys i don't want infinity designer team to be limited by what the market already offers.

please be as creative as you want, bring what non has done.

create a tracing tool that when we look at it we should say "this is how tracing should have been" and please let us now approximately when you guys are coming up with such an option because it's a critical functionality for many of us i think.

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Short answer is no, the functionality wouldn't be satisfactory.

Auto trace needs to be much better than what Drawplus offers. There is no way to reduce the number of nodes (thousands!!!) detected. Affinity developers need to check how Illustrator does this (amazing results in converting raster to vector, especially the "Simple" & "Ignore White" options)! If Affinity Designer could do this, they could really move new and existing Adobe customers to this platform!

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Will there be a fill tool that works like the one in DrawPlus? The Fill tool works like a localized tracer. One of the most useful tools in the program.

I use Imagaro Z pro for most of my higher end tracing, a hot link to that would be good. They have it for Illustrator and Corel Draw now but be good to have Affinity included.

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Hello cassola,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

This may still take a while since the developers are aiming to develop a high quality tracing function. I will probably appear only in version 2.x.

For more info on what's coming next please check Affinity Designer's roadmap.

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What you still rarely can find online when searching for windows raster2vector tools is a program from Microsoft itself.

 

It can even trace colored images and is free. Some already know the program, Microsoft Expression Design, but if you search comparisons or Wikis you never see it in the list.

 

They give it for free now as they abandoned the product so there will be no support and no future versions.

But until Affinity Designer v2.X I thought it might fill a gap for some of you.

 

 

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Microsoft Expression Design 4 (Free Version)

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36180


Tutorial

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/xdesignsupport/2008/04/22/working-with-hand-drawn-art-in-expression-design/
 

Short Overview

 

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc294517.aspx

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I currently use Inkscape for my Bitmap Tracing needs (and perspective distort), like a number of other users here. It's a bit of a clunky interface, with mysterious and enigmatic options, but once you get used to it, it works really well! It's very easy to then copy and paste directly into Affinity.

 

I regularly have to recreate client logos from years-old low resolution jpegs and a trace function eases the burden somewhat!

 

I think a Simplify tool is definitely required in conjunction with Bitmap Tracing.

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