[OS X TeX] Off-Topic: Tool to vectorize bitmapped line art
bvoisin at mac.com
Sat Dec 23 02:28:51 EST 2006
Le 22 déc. 06 à 20:14, Jens Noeckel a écrit :
> On Dec 22, 2006, at 10:39 AM, Holger Frauenrath wrote:
>> I would like to convert (a larger number of) bitmapped line art
>> images into vectorized line art (for further editing and, of
>> course, inclusion into LaTeX files). Is somebody aware of any
>> software tool to do this semi-automagically?
> Very briefly:
There seems to be essentially two public-domain tools for tracing
(i.e. vectorizing) bitmaps:
They are based on different algorithms. There are i-Packages for both.
A couple of years ago I used both for vectorizing the logo of my
research lab (that is, before we finally got hold of the EPS file
produced originally by the graphic designer who had created the
logo!), and got more satisfied with the output of Potrace:
There is a Java-based GUI for AutoTrace called
I wasn't aware of Inkscape, thanks for pointing it out.
As far as I remember, you must first convert the bitmap picture to
black-and-white .bmp file before applying AutoTrace or Potrace. Maybe
that restriction has vanished now.
Adobe Illustrator includes also a vectorizing function, which I think
was introduced in CS 1 or 2.
Hope this helps,
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