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Inkscape - How to Trace a Bitmap

Trace an Image (Bitmap)

 

 

Trace

Import your image

open image

In Chrome when you save a file it will show up in the bottom bar of the window

Click the arrow beside your file

Choose Show in folder

 

Now you can drag your file straight into Inkscape

 

Import

Just click OK to the windows that pops up when you do

Trace

Now you're ready to trace your bitmap (pixel) image

Select the image you want to trace by clicking on it

 

Trace

Click on Path -> Trace Bitmap...

 

preview

Make sure you turn on Live Preview so you can see if your tracing is working

 

Threshold

If you have an image with various colors or shades you may need to adjust the Threshold to get the best trace.
(See the Advanced Tracing Video Below)

If your image is only black and white you shouldn't need to change it at all.

 

Click OK, and close the Tracing window

Prepare for the laser

Your image probably won't look like anything happened. The traced image is on top of the original.

Drag the image off the original

Click any color at the bottom and you should see you new traced image chage instantly!

traced

 

If you are using this for a laser cutting project then you want No Fill Color, and a Red or Blue outline.

No Fill

To remove all Fill color: Click on the Red X in the colors (beside the Black)

 

Red

If you want the laser to cut right through the material you need a Red outline
You must hold SHIFT before you click on the color so it changes the outline (and not the fill)
Shift+Red = Cut through with laser

 

Blue

If you want the laser to just engrave (mark) the material you need a Blue outline
You must hold SHIFT before you click on the color so it changes the outline (and not the fill)
Shift+Blue = Engrave/Mark with laser

 

Cat

The outline of this cat would be cut out, and his face would be engraved.
(The face was created by tracing a different picture)

 

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