5 Replies Latest reply on Sep 20, 2006 5:04 PM by Newsgroup_User

    Is there a way to convert a jpeg to vector art

    chichi8
      Is there a way to convert a jpeg to vector art in Fireworks like you can in Flash. If not is there a way to do it in flash and export it in Fireworks to save the vector art as a jpeg?
        • 1. Re: Is there a way to convert a jpeg to vector art
          Level 7
          chichi8 wrote:
          > Is there a way to convert a jpeg to vector art in Fireworks like you
          > can in Flash. If not is there a way to do it in flash and export it
          > in Fireworks to save the vector art as a jpeg?

          There's no way to convert a JPEG to vectors in Fireworks. To export an
          image in JPEG format from Flash, choose File > Export > Export image. In
          the Export Image dialog box, enter a name for the image and choose JPEG
          for 'Save as Type.'



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          • 2. Re: Is there a way to convert a jpeg to vector art
            Level 7
            chichi8 wrote:
            > Is there a way to convert a jpeg to vector art in Fireworks like you
            > can in Flash. If not is there a way to do it in flash and export it
            > in Fireworks to save the vector art as a jpeg?

            Fireworks doesn't have the ability to convert bitmaps to vectors. From
            Flash you can export it as an Illustrator file and open that in
            Fireworks. Then you can still resize real vector shapes in Fireworks and
            export to any bitmap format it supports from there.

            Both FreeHand and Illustrator have better bitmap tracing tools than
            Flash though, especially Illustrator CS2 with Live Trace.

            HTH!

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            • 3. Re: Is there a way to convert a jpeg to vector art
              chichi8 Level 1
              I have Freehand MX how would I be able to convert a jpeg photo to vector art?
              • 4. Re: Is there a way to convert a jpeg to vector art
                Level 7
                You would use the Trace Tool in Freehand.

                alex

                chichi8 wrote:
                > I have Freehand MX how would I be able to convert a jpeg photo to vector art?
                • 5. Re: Is there a way to convert a jpeg to vector art
                  Level 7
                  chichi8 wrote:
                  > I have Freehand MX how would I be able to convert a jpeg photo to vector art?

                  1- Create a new doc in FreeHand.
                  2- To keep things tidy I always create two new layers, one for the
                  bitmap image and one for the trace. Name them whatever you like.
                  3- Select your bitmap layer and import your bitmap image in your FH doc.
                  Make sure your image is the only thing on that layer.
                  4- Click on an empty part of the canvas to deselect the image then click
                  on your trace layer to make it the active layer.
                  5- Look in the main toolbox, the Trace button is to the left of the
                  Blend tool and directly below the Perspective tool. Double click the
                  Trace Tool button to bring up its settings dialog. Leave the various
                  settings at default for now but change the Trace layer setting to the
                  layer you imported your bitmap into.
                  6- With the Trace tool, drag a marquee selection around your bitmap image.
                  7- Let FH do its thing. If your image is complex FreeHand can take a
                  while to trace it.
                  8- Turn your bitmap layer's visibility off to see the trace results more
                  clearly.
                  9- If it's not to your liking you can undo the trace then start over
                  after tweaking the Trace tool settings. I often keep the previous trace
                  and create a new layer for a new trace and make comparisons between the
                  results of different settings though.

                  There's a page in FreeHand's Help called "Setting Trace tool options"
                  that explains what each setting does. On some images, even the default
                  settings can be surprisingly accurate. Experimenting with low resolution
                  and low color count settings can yield very interesting results if
                  accuracy is not what you're going for.

                  HTH!

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