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Inkscape is an open source software for vector drawing. Both the
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use Inkscape to create designs. You can learn how to use
the basic functions of
Inkscape in our
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There are also some secondary settings that are helpful when making your own projects.
==Tracing an Image==
Inkscape has a useful tool for converting colored, shaded, or other images into vector images that Inkscape draws in. The tracer that Inkscape provides does not fully copy your image into your drawing; It does however, give you options to choose curves and the definition of a picture for you to use in your drawing.
In general, the darker your image, the harder it will be to trace.
1: To begin tracing an image, first select it
2: Select the Path > Trace Bitmap item, or Shift+Alt+B.
3: I) Select live preview to view your image
II)Choose your settings in the pop-up window
III) Press OK
4: Your traced Image should on your document
5: Inkscape recommends simplifying your lines. Simplify your nodes with Path-->Simplify
Below: screenshots showing the above process.
File:Bit1.png|Select your Image
File:Bit2.png| Select bitmap
File:Bit3.png| Choose mode and thresholds
File:Bit5.PNG| Simplify your lines
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