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is there a way to trace images to vectors paths?


 
 
Willy Pimentel
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Hi Willy Pimentel,
No, not yet. Currently you have to use third-party apps for that. If you search the forums for tracing and similar terms you will find quite a few suggestions for apps/services you can use. We are considering adding a tracing tool assuming the dev team achieves the output quality they are aiming for but it will take quite some time until we get there.

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That is one of the reason I still would use illustrator ..   Don't want to get a subscription just for that!!!   :51_scream:

What do you use?


 
 
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One of the best i know is Vector Magic available both as a service and as an independent application, however it's quite expensive. All others you may find vary a little and their quality/results depend a little on the  type of images you are trying to trace - are they black and white drawings, colour images, logos....?

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5 minutes ago, PaulEC said:

Or check out Inkscape - it's free!

It requires the Xquartz X11 enviroment which don't find in my apps installed..

I really wished it was part of designer .... That would be a killer for illustrator!! 

 


 
 
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12 minutes ago, Willy Pimentel said:

It requires the Xquartz X11 enviroment which don't find in my apps installed..

I really wished it was part of designer .... That would be a killer for illustrator!! 

 

Just use then instead Potrace together with DragPotrace a GUI for Potrace. The later (DragPotrace) also has an English user face, so don't worry about the Japanese languange on the website, if you download and install the tool it's UI will be English. Under the DragPotrace prefs you have just once to point to the installation folder of Potrace.


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8 hours ago, MEB said:

Hi Willy Pimentel,
No, not yet. Currently you have to use third-party apps for that. If you search the forums for tracing and similar terms you will find quite a few suggestions for apps/services you can use. We are considering adding a tracing tool assuming the dev team achieves the output quality they are aiming for but it will take quite some time until we get there.

This is why I do not work with this program. 

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11 hours ago, Willy Pimentel said:

It requires the Xquartz X11 enviroment which don't find in my apps installed..

I really wished it was part of designer .... That would be a killer for illustrator!! 

 

Inkscape runs on both Mac and Windows. Which one are you running? If you are using Mac, X11 does come with the operating system. Look in your Applications/Utilities folder and you should see Xquarts there at the bottom. It doesn't look pretty but it will do a decent job of making rasters into vectors for you. I like @v_kyr's recommendation though too. 

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AFAIK on Macs it was included since OS X Mountain Lion (10.8, 2012), afterwards X11 isn't longer a direct part of the operating system. Apple instead supports the evolution of XQuartz and refers to this external project (see also on Github). Though there are also some plain Quartz ports of Inkscape for Macs, which then don't need XQuartz at all.

However there are also some other tracing tools (free and commercial) beside Inkscape, which then use OSX Quartz natively. Personally on Macs I sometimes use SV, DragPotrace, but mostly some own programmed (also potrace based, but internal) app ...

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... I mostly use my own tools here since I've build AppKit and iOS versions out of that stuff, so that I can use it on the iPad too for bitmap to vector tracing. I've also gave it recently some batch processing capability (only rudimentory for the OSX version so far), since I needed that for converting several icons and was to lazy to trace single ones step for step.


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Hi guys,

i actually haven't used this feature in Illustrator, but this app works well with Designer iPad ($5 in app purchase). I assume it may be overly simple / consumer for what some are after but hey.

Latest release notes state "Working hard on the new version, coming soon for MacOS, iOS and the new iPadOS!" ... interesting 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/imaengine-vector/id599309610#?platform=ipad

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