PDA

View Full Version : Easy way to convert Raster to Vector?




djearlybird
Nov 2, 2007, 01:36 PM
What's the easiest way to do this? Is there a simple shareware program, or do I have to use something in Adobe CS? Let me know, thanks!



ChicoWeb
Nov 2, 2007, 01:50 PM
There isn't. You'll have to recreate it in vector, or try live trace. Programs that do this are $$$

LeviG
Nov 2, 2007, 02:35 PM
if you have access to windows there is raster vector (http://www.raster-vector.com/) which may do what you're after - never used it though.

bartelby
Nov 2, 2007, 02:38 PM
There's a program called Delineate.
It's kinda awkward and the previews don't work, but it does output .svg files.

jsm4182
Nov 2, 2007, 02:58 PM
http://vectormagic.stanford.edu/

bartelby
Nov 2, 2007, 03:01 PM
http://vectormagic.stanford.edu/

That's brilliant!
Better than delineate.

Cheers for that!:)

heehee
Nov 2, 2007, 03:13 PM
http://vectormagic.stanford.edu/

That's cool. Thanks. :)

Stampyhead
Nov 2, 2007, 03:49 PM
Adobe used to have a program called Streamline that did this, but it looks like they have discontinued it in favor of the LiveTrace feature in Illustrator. That Vector Magic site looks promising...

djearlybird
Nov 2, 2007, 07:12 PM
http://vectormagic.stanford.edu/

WOW....just wow, thanks so much for the link. :D

PupnTaco
Nov 2, 2007, 07:21 PM
Great resource, thanks.

doug in albq
Nov 2, 2007, 08:29 PM
use Inkscape.

that free vector based drawing program has a pretty good built-in tracing program

CMD is me
Nov 10, 2007, 08:48 PM
I used Streamline for years, but honestly if you want a good vector image you're best doing it in AI yourself. You'll get a clean version and really good and making your curves! Good luck.

AlexisV
Nov 13, 2007, 03:50 AM
Illustrator CS2 has live trace, where you can just convert any bitmap image to vector. The results are variable, as you'd expect, but I find it really useful.

SilkyLady
Aug 20, 2008, 12:08 AM
http://vectormagic.stanford.edu/

Thanks for the link. Very helpful! :)

Muncher
Aug 20, 2008, 09:41 AM
There isn't. You'll have to recreate it in vector, or try live trace. Programs that do this are $$$

What are you talking about? Of course there are programs out there that trace for you. Get Delineate, or if you've got good internet download inkscape (http://www.inkscape.org/), which has some really good trace features.

The Rule of Thumb: Wherever there are expensive graphics tools, there are programmer/artists who make their own so they don't have to pay.