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Bitmap to Vector Conversion - Tracing Software - Raster to Vector

Tools and information for converting bitmap graphics formats to scalable vector art. Includes tracing software for raster to vector conversions, plus tips and tutorials for manual tracing and for using the autotrace features in various graphics programs such as Flash, CorelDraw, Illustrator, and others.

Re-create a Logo from a Poor Quality Scan with Illustrator
Learn several ways to recreate a logo with Adobe Illustrator, even if your only source is a poor quality scan.

How to Convert a Make-a-Flake Snowflake JPEG to a Vector Graphic
Inkscape can be used to trace raster graphics, such as JPEGs, and produce a vector line version. In this tutorial you will learn how to trace a snowflake design.

Live Trace in Adobe Illustrator CS2
Live Trace is one of the best new features in Illustrator CS2. With this tool you will be able to trace logos, sketches, scans, and many other bitmap images that were time-consuming and difficult to reproduce in minutes.

Tracing a Logo in CorelDRAW
This tutorial shows you how you can manually trace a logo created in AutoCAD using CorelDRAW's bezier drawing tools.

Raster to vector conversion: Creating high quality scans
"The biggest stumbling block to achieving good results with raster to vector conversion software is the fact that too many users generate poor quality scanned images. Often, this is because they do not understand the scan quality required for raster to vector conversion or how to achieve it. This article contains simple steps for creating high quality scans."

Acme TraceArt (Win)
Convert raster to vector with batch process, direct scanning, and more. Shareware - $79.50 US.

AlgoLab Photo Vector (Win)
Convert any image into a vector image with features for color reduction, cleaning, and autotrace. Shareware 10-day evaluation - $58US to purchase.

AutoTrace (Win/BeOS/*nix)
Autotrace converts bitmap images to scalable vectors. Currently converts only black and white images. Free.

Delineate - Raster to SVG Converter (Mac/Win/Linux)
"Delineate is a tool for converting raster images to SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)... Input formats are JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, PNM, PBM, PGM, PPM, IFF, PCD, PSD, RAS."

Imagaro Z (Win/Mac)
"Imagaro Z takes low resolution bitmap images and allows you to convert them into clean vector. The software also has built in font recognition that allows you to identify typestyles used within a bitmap image."

MagicTracer (Win)
"Raster to vector conversion program for Windows that includes raster and vector tools that simplify conversion along with customizable auto-tracing features." Free full-featured demo available for download.

RasterVect Software (Win)
Converts rater drawings and scanned illustrations to industry-standard, vector format DXF files. Trail version available. Registration costs $79.95 US.

Scan2CAD raster to vector conversion software (Win)
"Robust and flexible automatic raster to vector conversion of scanned drawings, including text (OCR). Converts raster PDF, TIFF, JPG, BMP etc. to DXF vectors for editing in any CAD or CNC program. From USD 298 - free fully functioning trial available."

ScanFont (Win)
Convert scanned pictures and text to fonts. Includes tools for bitmap editing, font editing, and autotrace. $199 US.

TraceLine (Win)
Converts scanned and imported bitmap graphics to scalable outlines that can be used in other applications. Convert hand drawn sketches, logos, and photos to editable paths. Shareware - $79.95 US. Trial download available.

TracTrix (Win)
TracTrix software from Trix Systems provides automatic raster to vector conversion with output as DWG, DXF, HPGL, EPS (AI88) and IGES formats. Designed for use in CAD, CNC and technical publications it comes in two versions with prices starting at $390.00.

Vector Eye (Win)
"Vector Eye instantly converts scanned black-and-white or color raster images (bmp, jpg, tiff, png) into editable vector files (svg, ps, eps)."

Vextractor (Win)
"Vextractor is a tool for transforming raster images into vector formats by building centerlines and outlines. This vectorizer tool could be used for vectorizing of charts, maps, schemes and other similar images for input to CAD & GIS systems."

WinTopo (Win)
Raster to vector conversion software available in a professional or freeware version.

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