Setting Vectorization Options
By default, when you import an image into your project using either the Import Image as Layers or Import Images as Scenes commands, the imported images will be vectorized in colour and fit the camera frame. The image resulting from a colour vectorization will appear exactly as the original picture.
With the Storyboard Pro, more options are available which give you better control over the vectorization of imported images. To access these options, you must first select the Display Vectorize Options Dialog option in the Preferences dialog box.
- Do one of the following:
- Select Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Storyboard Pro > Preferences (Mac OS X).
- Press Ctrl+U (Windows) or ⌘+ , (Mac OS X).
- In the User Preferences dialog box, select the Import/Export tab.
- Select the Display Vectorize Options Dialog option.
- Select File > Import > Images as Layers.
- In the browser that opens, select an image to import.
The Import Images dialog box opens.
The preview area displays the original image on the left and the resulting image on the right. The preview of the resulting image automatically updates each time you modify a parameter.
- In the Import Options section, set the following parameters:
- As Bitmap Layer: Preserves the exact look of the imported images and imports it in a bitmap layer.
- Colour to Vector Layer: Preserves the exact look of the imported images and imports it in a vector layer.
- Gray Scale to Vector Layer: Imports the selected images as a gray scale in a vector layer.
- Black and White to Vector Layer: Imports the images as black line art. When you enable this option, more options become available:
- Threshold (%): Filters out noise in your images. Noise can be dirt or faint smudges on your scanned images. For example, if your value is set to 70%, all colour values below 70% are converted to white and ignored in the final image. If your value is set to 100%, only completely black lines will be kept.
- Expand: Enter a value between 1 and 100 to thicken lines or the outer edges of the bitmap. Use this option if your line art is too fine or pale so that their visibility is increased in the software.
- Smooth: Enter a value between 1 and 5 to set the smoothness level. Greater smoothness equals less jaggedness and imperfections, but at a greater loss to detail.
- In the Resampling Options section, set the following parameters:
- Maximum Size: Enter a specific maximum size for your imported image to be scaled down to. The original ratio of the image will be preserved during the operation. You can see the final values resulting from the scaling process in the Scale Size fields. Note that you can not use these fields to scale up an image.
- Scaled Size: Displays the final size the image will be scaled after it is imported in your project.
- Once you have set the vectorization options:
- Saves as default: Saves the current settings. Every time you open this dialog box, the new default parameters will automatically be set. The import images commands will still use this new default even if you deselect the Display Vectorize Options Dialog preferences.
- Do not show this dialog again: Deselects the Display Vectorize Options dialog option in the Preferences dialog box directly from here.