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03/07/2018 09:21:18 AM · #1
I need help with something that's taking me away from DPC. :)

I bought a cricut maker machine and am having a blast with it. But I have what I think should be a simple question that you guys can probably answer quickly. (wow -- that was a poorly worded sentence...)

I need to turn this into a simple line drawing so I can use the machine to cut out the patterns. I can get rid of the grey by selecting a portion and then selecting similar and deleting it. But either it selects part of the actual bunny lines, or more likely the bunny lines are not solid to begin with. How do I quickly go and get those outlines solid so I can turn it into a good vector drawing? I'm lousy at simply tracing it, and I have lots more bunnies to fix.

I'm trying to make a baby quilt for a co-worker in less than a week, so I really need to get this figured out fast. The hard part is supposed to be the quilting, not the pattern. :)

Thanks!!

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03/07/2018 09:41:15 AM · #2
Do you have Adobe Illustrator?
If not, I can probably help do an auto trace.
03/07/2018 09:42:39 AM · #3
Try using Curves or Levels to make the dark parts darker and the lighter parts white, then change the mode to Bitmap (black and white only) ... you might have to touch-up by drawing/erasing where needed.
03/07/2018 09:54:58 AM · #4
try this

I started on the others but ran out of time.

Message edited by author 2018-03-08 16:37:50.
03/07/2018 09:57:21 AM · #5
THat's what I did. THen made line art in AI.
Wendy, LMK if a PDF works or if you need something else.

Originally posted by GeneralE:

Try using Curves or Levels to make the dark parts darker and the lighter parts white, then change the mode to Bitmap (black and white only) ... you might have to touch-up by drawing/erasing where needed.
03/07/2018 09:59:26 AM · #6
I don't have illustrator. I used to have aldus freehand, and could have done it so easily in that!

Does changing the mode to bitmap fill in the blank spaces if there's breaks in the lines? I had played with the contrast in another test, but it still left the breaks.

Thanks, Tate! I'll put a few more up, but I would like to learn the techniques to do it quickly, because I think I'll be doing it quite a bit.
03/07/2018 10:01:50 AM · #7
Here's a couple more though, if you're offering. :)

bunny2

bunny3
03/07/2018 10:03:45 AM · #8
I'm trying to get the output into SVG and PNG. I've been using some online converters to do this, but they seem to be inconsistent on the output.
03/07/2018 10:06:50 AM · #9
AS far as I know,
PNG is raster while
SVG is vector.
which do you want?

Originally posted by vawendy:

I'm trying to get the output into SVG and PNG. I've been using some online converters to do this, but they seem to be inconsistent on the output.
03/07/2018 10:08:22 AM · #10
Originally posted by tate:

AS far as I know,
PNG is raster while
SVG is vector.
which do you want?

Originally posted by vawendy:

I'm trying to get the output into SVG and PNG. I've been using some online converters to do this, but they seem to be inconsistent on the output.


Both, actually. They have different plusses and minuses when bringing them into the design space. An SVG will allow me to split it into pieces easily. The PNG works better for working with it as a whole.
03/07/2018 10:09:57 AM · #11
Did you try the file I linked to?
03/07/2018 10:14:20 AM · #12
Originally posted by tate:

Did you try the file I linked to?


Yes, i looks beautiful!!
03/07/2018 10:15:27 AM · #13
Originally posted by vawendy:

Originally posted by tate:

Did you try the file I linked to?


Yes, i looks beautiful!!


oops! Wait -- bringing it into the program -- you're right. I can try that now. Going off to give it a shot. (I'm in a hotel, so I don't have the machine, but I'll be able to tell if it works correctly. I'll need to convert it first.
03/07/2018 10:28:53 AM · #14
Whoot! I used this online converter to convert the PDF to SVG and also PNG and it looks gorgeous! Working perfectly!
03/07/2018 10:32:06 AM · #15
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Try using Curves or Levels to make the dark parts darker and the lighter parts white, then change the mode to Bitmap (black and white only) ... you might have to touch-up by drawing/erasing where needed.


I'm trying this in photoshop, but when I go to mode, bitmap is greyed out. I tried flattening the image, but that didn't help. How do I change it to a bitmap?
03/07/2018 10:44:42 AM · #16
Originally posted by vawendy:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

Try using Curves or Levels to make the dark parts darker and the lighter parts white, then change the mode to Bitmap (black and white only) ... you might have to touch-up by drawing/erasing where needed.


I'm trying this in photoshop, but when I go to mode, bitmap is greyed out. I tried flattening the image, but that didn't help. How do I change it to a bitmap?

You probably have to first convert to Grayscale, then to Bitmap ...
03/07/2018 11:14:25 AM · #17
Correct.

Originally posted by GeneralE:


You probably have to first convert to Grayscale, then to Bitmap ...
03/07/2018 12:11:54 PM · #18
Hmmm. That made it worse. The bitmap has many many many breaks in the lines....
03/07/2018 01:06:01 PM · #19
you could use Image Adjustments -> Threshold.
03/07/2018 08:18:19 PM · #20
Originally posted by posthumous:

you could use Image Adjustments -> Threshold.


Thanks, I don't know that one--I'll give it a shot!
03/08/2018 12:05:25 PM · #21
did you get this all figured out?
03/08/2018 12:26:03 PM · #22
Originally posted by tate:

did you get this all figured out?


Haven't been able to check - on the road.

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