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Inside the Studio Artist Vectorizer, Part 3

Precise conversion of raster images By Dave Nagel
In our previous two installments in this series, we've examined various methods of converting raster artwork to vectors using the new Vectorizer feature in Synthetik Studio Artist 3. These have included everything from generating abstract imagery to rotoscoped cartoon effects on still images and video. Now, in our final installment, we take a look at another feature unique to Studio Artist: the ability to convert images to vector while maintaining the photographic appearance of the original.

Before we get started, if you haven't done so already, it would be a good idea to read through the previous two tutorials in this series, which cover all of the controls available in the Vectorizer for creating vector effects for your images. Today's installment assumes basic knowledge of the Vectorizer, which can be found in the previous installments.

Part 1: Vectorizer Overview
Part 2: Creating Cartoon Effects for Still Images and Video

This time around, we're going to look at some methods for creating more precise photographic vector conversions for use in vector illustration programs, as well as methods for simplifying these conversions to reduce the total number of vectors you output. If you don't already have Studio ARtist 3, you can download a demo version (Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X) from http://www.synthetik.com.


Complex vector conversion
First off, we'll look at a method for producing exact or near-exact vector files from raster imagery. This method is simple, but it's also terribly inefficient in terms of output and conversion time. However, if you want an exact replica of your starting image and care not in the least about the number of vectors the process produces, this is the method to use. Here's a look at an image before and after vectorization using this technique on our first sample image.



Begin by launching Studio Artist and selecting the source image you want to work with. Make the canvas size whatever size you wish your final EPS image to be. In my case, I'll be working with an output size of 320 x 206. Also, you'll want to turn off your Layer Alpha option for this process, if you wish to be able to see the vectorization in progress. You can turn off Layer Alpha in the Layer palette.




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