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How to: Convert JPG to Vector

Vector or more specifically vector graphics are a set of geometrical shapes and lines that are used to create computer graphics. It is often compared with raster graphics which are images that are created from a number of pixels that display a photographic image. In practice both are utilize to achieve slightly different results, in some cases the two may be developed to produce astounding effects.

JPEG IconJPEG images are photographic images that are created by utilizing a method of lossy compression. This kind of image can be adjusted to produce higher or lower resolutions depending on the kind of compression that is utilized.The JPEG format is popular on the internet and is a widely used format in photographic image capture devices.

You can convert JPEG to Vector utilizing one of the many programs available online. The price range normally typifies the kind of program you will obtain with the more expensive programs being more accurate with colour and other details. However, there are cheap and free software that may be used to convert between the two file formats. For this particular tutorial Inkscape will be used to convert from JPEG to Vector.


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  • Go to the website and download Inkscape. This is a free program that offers vector imaging. Press the [Download] button.
  • Once the software has downloaded click on [Run] to install the program on your PC. You do not have to alter any of the default settings, unless you would prefer the program be saved in a different location.
  • Once the software has successfully been installed select [Open Program] to launch the program. Although there are many things you will have to learn in the course of utilizing this program the JPEG to Vector conversion will not require much advanced knowledge. This is partly because this is a largely automated process that will require only small adjustments if any.
  • Once you have loaded the program go to [File] and select [Import] to retrieve your JPEG image of choice. Browse the folders that are available and locate the specific image that will be used. The image should be shown in the centre of the program’s interface.
  • Choose [Path] and select [Trace Bitmap]. At this point you should be able to preview the image and make any modifications that are necessary.
  • Go to the [Colours] option which you should locate at the lower left of the interface. You can increase the number of [Scans] to increase the resolution of the JPEG while also increasing the file size and the speed at which rendering is carried out. After you have selected the number of scans you wish to utilize click update to apply the settings to the image. You may change any number of settings and observe what each outcome will look like. Press update after each attempt if you are happy with the results displayed in the preview.
  • You can now save the image as a regular vector image the most commonly used extension being (.eps). The conversion is done.

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