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Inkscape 0.48 Illustrator's Cookbook by Mihaela Jurković, Rigel Di Scala

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Tracing bitmaps

Tracing bitmaps is a way of getting a vector format for a raster image automatically. Inkscape comes with a tracing functionality, based on the Potrace™ software utility (http://potrace.sourceforge.net), that scans the image and calculates vector paths that fit the tracing options we have set previously.

In this recipe we will trace an image several times to see what options are available when tracing a bitmap, and compare the results.

How to do it...

The following steps will demonstrate how to trace a bitmap:

  1. Import the Flower.png image into the document (Ctrl + I), embedding it.
  2. Open the Trace Bitmap dialog by going to Path | Trace Bitmap... or by using Shift + Alt + B.
  3. Under the Mode tab Single scan: creates a path set Brightness ...

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