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Liam Harris

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Hi , Can anyone help me create a Vector or help me create a DXF file of this Bird on the attahced image its not clear enough for me to use an online converting toolsomerford-park-logo.jpg
 

ex_teacher

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Hi @Liam Harris
Got back to place where I could vectorize the image. It is attached as a zip file holding the DXF image.
Let me know if you have any issues.
Also included a screen cut and paste of the image (raster) so you an see what is in the file.
John Wheeler

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No fair.
This is as clean and elegant as vector files get. Essentially no superfluous anything. Great job.
I could get a file this clean but it would take me a huge amount of time. You just seem to effortlessly do this. Would you spill your trade secrets?
 

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Hi @ex_teacher and actually I am not an expert. I am just beginning to learn Adobe Illustrator and I am a big proponent one of Einsteins quotes: "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”

To that end there is a capability in Illustrator that does tracing of bitmap images to create vector images. It has quite a few knobs and dials and options. Just tuned it in a bit and then exported from Illustrator as DXF.

Here is the panel and image. I don't know these were the exact settings I used yet you can easily play with them until you get the effect you want. It is not always the minimum number of vectors to get the job done yet I prioritize my time over minimizing the vectors. Just took a couplbe minutes esecially since this was just a Black and White version.

It is not always that effortless yet will take effortless when I can get it :)
John Wheeler

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ex_teacher

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Thank you. "Auto-trace' has come a long, long, long way.
I own a very old version of Illustrator; (probably the oldest that runs on Win 10) and still use it occasionally. I've used Corel Draw for the last 25+ years as I find the interface a good fit for me. My latest version seems to have sophisticated tracing that I need to further explore.
Doing it my way is brutal. Time to get learning the latest and hope it's similar function-wise to illustrator.
Thanks very much.
 

ex_teacher

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An addendum: Well this has been a great learning experience, thanks to you.

Corel Draw 2019 has a function called 'Quick Trace' that I’ve used before . It is mindless but erratic. Select the bitmap and click ‘Quicktrace’…done. In this case it did a great job although it missed the bird’s eye.
CD2019 also has two types of Centerline Trace and 6 types of outline trace, all wrapped up in a single embedded tool called ‘Powertrace’ I did a screenshot if anyone is interested and it shows selecting the type of Preview and a magnification of that preview. If you check out the ‘History’ you can see me fiddling with various combinations, mostly with default settings. With the exception of a slight bump on the eye the results here are more than acceptable. Of course this is a simple design.

You got me off my duff and checking out this powerful revised feature set.

PowerTrace.jpg
 

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