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Old 04-02-2006, 10:43 PM   #1
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vectorizing psd files

is there a good way to convert a photoshop file to vector art? i have the following image, each color and the lines are on separate layers with clean separations, if it matters. i need to vectorize it in order to print it out at a much larger size than the original image will allow, this is the full size- but i want to preserve the hand drawn looking lines. i'm hoping there is some sort of automated process that will do this, or at least get a result that is close. the other alternative i can think of is manually creating it in vectors by tracing that image with paths, which would work, but i dont want to go through all the effort if it can be automated. any tips or programs that do this?


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Old 04-02-2006, 11:54 PM   #2
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you may try macromedia Flash to vectorize your image. Dont know if Illustrator can do the same job.

SO, in Flash:

.-Import your image into the "stage" (file/import/import to stage)
.-while your image is still selected go to modify/Bitmap/"trace Bitmap"

in "color treshold" id suggest a lower number (can try with 5 or 10)
in minimun area also suggest a low number (can try with something like 3)
and the other two in normal

of course, this is mostly trial and error until you get what you want.

Hope this helped a bit.
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Old 04-03-2006, 02:18 AM   #3
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Illustrator CS2 has the life trace function to convert raster to vector.

An online service available here:

Freeware you can try: (freeware or pro versions)
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Corel Draw has the Corel Trace program too, turns rasterized files into vectors.

What are you printing this on?

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For freeware, Inkscape does a great job too.
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