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Old 10-24-05, 06:39 PM   #1
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Converting an Image to Vector Format

I'm going to get some custom jerseys made and I have a JPG image of the logo I want to use, but it needs to be in vector format. Is there an easy way to convert it, or do I have to draw it myself? I'm a terrible artist.

Some companies will do the artwork for me, but I'm all for saving a little money if I can.
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Vector Formats have to be drawn in vector if I remember right, at least I don't know of any bit-maped image software that could convert. Remember that vector is basically a mathimatical formula while a bitmap is pixels...
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Couple of apps available that will do what you want. They open up a pixel-based image and use contour-following algorithms to trace the edges and output a vector file.

Adobe Streamline - will output in Illustrator, vector-PICT, EPS, DXF and EMF formats

Corel Trace, ScanVec Tracer, and ArtLine 2.0 also work, but don't have as many options.
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Check out something like "WinTopo " or just Google "Raster to Vector". Not sure how well it'll work, but it's worth a shot!
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matters how complex the image is, either way you'll probably need to do some clean up in illustrator or freehand

maybe you can scan the photo, paste into illustrator/freehand background and trace it

haven't used photoshop for awhile, but I think you can put the image on a layer, and then trace it as a vector on another layer--this is probably the easiest, but again you need access to the equipment/apps

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Where can you get custom jerseys made? And how much?
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Where can you get custom jerseys made? And how much?
There's a lot of stuff out there.

http://www.customsublimation.com
http://www.hincapiesports.com/custom.php
http://www.voler.com/ordering.aspx?PID=1
http://www.louisgarneau.com/usa/ctm_...p?catalogue=C6

etc., but I'm really liking this site:

http://www.customcyclewear.com/index.html

Lower minimums and lower prices. Most of them are $70+ with a minimum order of 15-25. I forget where it was, but I saw a place once where you could do one jersey only for $100.
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Oh, and if it makes any difference, here is an idea of the logo. I'll probably use a different font, though.
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GIMP 2.2 (the latest version) has limited support for vector graphics, I believe SVG, but I don't know if it can convert an existing jpg into svg. The manual does refer to another program called Inkscape you might want to check out.
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Check out something like "WinTopo " or just Google "Raster to Vector". Not sure how well it'll work, but it's worth a shot!
Thanks for the link. It didn't really work all that well, but I'll play around with it for a little while longer.
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Raster to Vector seldom works very well unless your objects are extremely simple and clean/clear. Its usually best to learn how to use a Vector application and redraw the item in that format.
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