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Hi. I am trying to convert some simple (2 color) .jpg images into vector based drawings using freehand 10. I cannot seem to do it. Any ideas? The original images were created in fireworks MX but fireworks WILL NOT export in a vector friendly format (Or will it?). If it does, I can't figure out how. So I need to either find a way to export from fireworks in a vector format, or convert a fireworks image into a vector image in freehand. Your help is greatly appreciated. [email]Rob_ggoodwinpro.com[/email] Rob...

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    Default Convert to vector image (from an image)

    Hi. I am trying to convert some simple (2 color) .jpg images into vector
    based drawings using freehand 10. I cannot seem to do it. Any ideas?

    The original images were created in fireworks MX but fireworks WILL NOT
    export in a vector friendly format (Or will it?). If it does, I can't
    figure out how.

    So I need to either find a way to export from fireworks in a vector format,
    or convert a fireworks image into a vector image in freehand.

    Your help is greatly appreciated.

    [email]Rob_ggoodwinpro.com[/email]

    Rob




    ROB GOODWIN Guest

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    ROB GOODWIN wrote:
    >
    > Hi. I am trying to convert some simple (2 color) .jpg images into vector
    > based drawings using freehand 10. I cannot seem to do it. Any ideas?
    >
    > The original images were created in fireworks MX but fireworks WILL NOT
    > export in a vector friendly format (Or will it?). If it does, I can't
    > figure out how.
    >
    Sorry, I know next to nothing about Fireworks, but it's my impression
    it only deals with rasters.
    > So I need to either find a way to export from fireworks in a vector format,
    > or convert a fireworks image into a vector image in freehand.
    >
    You'll need to use FreeHand's Trace tool. There's no completely
    automatic means of raster-to-vector conversion, but given reasonably
    clean and sharp originals (avoid JPEG if you can or, if you can't,
    use the maximum quality settings available) the tracing should at
    least get you started. You'll want to experiment with the precision
    and fidelity settings to get an optimal combination of accuracy and
    smoothness, and even then you'll probably need to do some manual
    clean-up and manipulation of the paths the Trace tool creates. Still,
    with a little practice you should be able to get reasonably good
    results without expending anywhere near the effort it would take to
    recreate the images 'from scratch'.

    BTW, I didn't see your question on Macromedia's server, so many of
    the regulars here, including the MM staff, won't have either. In
    order to reach the largest potential audience I recommend that you
    post through forums.macromedia.com instead of your usual news server.

    --
    Odysseus
    Odysseus Guest

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