Vectorizing Scanned Drawings
You can turn scanned images into vector drawings, while maintaining the sketchiness of a pencil line or into vector images with a bitmap fill. Both options can add life to an animation, which straight vectorization with smoothing does not usually afford.
- From the top menu, select File >
Acquire from TWAIN or press Ctrl + Shift + S (Windows/Linux) or ⌘ + Shift + S (Mac OS X).
- Select your scanner from the Scanner list.
- Click Preview to get a test scan of your drawing.
- In the Layer section, select one of the following:
- Create Layer: Imports an image into a new layer. Type a name for the layer in the Name field.
- Add to Existing Layer: Imports the image into an existing layer. Select a layer from the Layer list.
- In the Vectorization section,
select the Vectorize Image option and thenset the following:
- Colour: Creates a vector rectange with the bitmap as a texture inside.
- Black and White: Vectorizes drawings as a solid black line; creates a 100% vector-based drawing. Set the Threshold and Smooth parameters.
Threshold: Determines which black, white or grey pixels become a black line. 0% means all the light pixels will be kept as black vector line. A value of 100% means only the very dark pixels become a black line.
Smooth: Determines the smoothness of lines. The higher the value, the less angular and bumpt the resulting lines will be.
Auto Apply: Automatically applies the colour or black and white settings to the scanned images.
- Adjust the Scale control and the sliders in the Preview Image window until you're satisfied with the view.
- Click Scan to import your drawing.
- If you have more than one drawing, set the next drawing in place and click Scan again. Repeat until you have finished scanning all your drawings.