Making a Raster Image Editable

Making a Raster Image Editable

You can convert images to vector objects, for example, to create a cut design or to edit image motifs. Raster points will be converted to paths. The software uses color differences in the image to split up the image into paths. On the control panel of the Vectorize tool, you can define settings for creating lines, bezier curves, and corners of the image. You can also define into how many different colors the image will be split up.

Line Tolerance
The line tolerance defines the extent to which lines need to get around points sticking out or cutting into the picture. The value is set in points or pixels.

Bezier Tolerance
The Bezier Tolerance indicates by how many points the bezier curves may deviate from the calculated lines. The greater the tolerance, the fewer the amount of beziers.

Create Corner at
The setting Create Corner at indicates the extent to which the transitions in the paths must be fluent. If two successive lines form an angle that is greater than the set value, the path will not be fluent at thatpoint. By default, the angle is set at 60°. If the value is set to 0°, the contour will not be fluent at any point and only straight lines can be created.

Number of Colors
The Number of Colors defines into how many colors the image will be split up. The higher the value, the higher the number of path objects and the more complex the artwork.

How to create a vector object from a raster image
    1. Select the image you want to vectorize.
    2. Select the Vectorize tool   from the Tools panel.
    3. Enter the vectorization values for the conversion into the control panel.
    4. Click Apply.

How to fine-tune the vectorization process
If you select the Vectorize tool and the image is a bitmap image (black and white), a cyan preview path will appear, which you can adjust as follows.
    1. Hold down the Shift key and click the path to add or delete points.
    2. Press the ALT key (Windows) or Option key (MacOS) to add points where the path will go through.
    3. In the control panel, you can choose to view the preview path as lines or as curves.

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