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The Book of Inkscape by Dmitry Kirsanov

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18.8 Tracing

For a vector editor, one of the most important bitmap-related capabilities is converting bitmap objects to vectors (tracing) and vice versa (bitmap export). Inkscape offers rich and powerful tools for these conversions, which the rest of this chapter will cover in detail.

18.8.1 Manual Tracing

The most straightforward approach to creating vector art from a bitmap image does not involve any tools except those we already know. Just switch to the Pen tool (14.1 The Pen Tool), zoom in on your bitmap, and do a series of clicks around or along an area that you want to turn into a vector path, then double-click or press to finish the path. ...

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