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    How does vector tracing work?

    How does vector tracing work?

    ith the tracing image in function Adobe Illustrator you can quickly convert your image, logo or photo into a vector file. Creating a vector file using this method has advantages and disadvantages. 


    • Quick
    • Multiple vector file extensions (EPS, Ai, PDF, SVG)
    • Easy to learn


    • Not perfect quality (never identical)
    • Monthly Cost of Adobe Illustrator
    • Little control over the end result

    Would you rather have an identical vector file with perfect quality? Then you will have to trace it manually with the Pen Tool. You can also use our vector services

    Image tracing Illustrator

    Image Trace can be used in Adobe Illustrator. Below is a step-by-step plan to vectorize your image with image tracing: 

    1. Choose an image to convert to vector
    2. Select an Image Trace preset. You can choose from different presets like High Fidelty or Low Fidelty, play with different settings to get the best result.
    3. Vectorize the image with Image Trace.
    4. Refine your tracked image by making changes with different settings such as Color Mode.
    5. Save your image as vector. Export the file as .eps or .pdf vector file. You now have a eps vector file.

    Image tracing Photoshop

    Vectorizing an image is possible in Photoshop, but certainly not recommended. Adobe Photoshop is intended for pixel files. Adobe Photoshop therefore does not have an Image Trace function. 

    Image tracing Inkscape

    Inkscape also has the function: trace image. Would you like to learn how to use Image Trace in Inkscape? Follow the steps below:

    Step 1: Open PNG or JPG Image in Inkscape

    Open image in Inkscape or drag an image into your Inkscape document. If you drag it into your document, you may see the following prompt (I used the default settings below):

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    Click on your image to select it.

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    Step 2: Trace Bitmap (Path -> Trace Bitmap)

    Next, mouse over Path in the top Inkscape toolbar and click Trace Bitmap.

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    This will open the following window. You want to use multiple scans, so click the Multiple Scans button and select Colors from the drop-down menu to keep the existing colors on the image in the new vector. You may need to increase the number of scans to cover all colors.

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    Step 3: Complete the Vectorization

    Once you click OK in the Trace Bitmap window, it will take some time for Inkscape vectorize your image. Once your image has been successfully vectorized, click the Edit paths on nodes icon (it looks like a cursor with dots in a circle, see the image below).

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    Now if you click on the image, you will see a number of dots around the image. With these dots you can change the shape of the newly created vector to whatever you want.

    Trace Image Online

    There used to be a number of online tools to vectorize your image. She also used Image Trace or Image Tracing. Unfortunately, all these tools have a pricing model added. This means that you have to purchase a monthly subscription to use it. 

    Would you like to make a one-time vector file? Then you can use our service. Watch the video below to learn how our vector service works. 


    We are happy to help you on your way with the vectorization of your logo or image. You send us the logo in JPG, PNG or PDF and we convert the logo into an EPS vector file using Adobe Illustrator. We use the pen tool and recreate the logo manually with the correct fonts. Then we export the new vector logo in an EPS file so you can get started!

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    Advantages of vector file creation by Logovector:

    • Perfect quality (Made by designers with 10+ years of experience)
    • We vectorize images, photos, logos and drawings
    • Fast delivery within 10 hours
    • All necessary file types: EPS, AI, SVG, PDF
    • Very easy to order via the website
    • Small adjustments are possible 
    • One-time payment (very attractive price)
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