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Vectorization in Synthetik Studio Artist
Part 1: Basic vector conversion of raster images
Out of the blue Studio Artist 3 introduced a new feature called "Vectorizer." This feature is similar in some ways to the tracing tools you find in popular vector illustration programs, like Macromedia Freehand, Microsoft/Creature House Expression and Adobe Streamline. Essentially, it converts raster images to vectors for further manipulation. Unlike those other programs, though, Studio Artist's Vectorizer isn't just for vectorization; it's also a robust system for creating vector-based effects.
The range of the Vectorizer in Studio Artist 3 is, quite simply, stunning. It's also quite complex in that it includes a number of controls for producing everything from exact reproductions of photographic imagery to cartoon-style effects to abstractions based on a source image. It can apply this vectorization simply for creating effects, or it can vectorize an image and output it as an Illustrator-compatible EPS file. Additionally, it can also be used to output vector image sequences from video sources or apply vector effects from a source video and output the modified frames to a QuickTime movie.
Here are some examples.
1: The original image. 2. A stylized "positive/negative" vectorization. 3. A blocky abstraction. 4. A circular abstraction. 5. A cellular render with random hues. 6. A photographic vectorization with 4000 color regions (partially rendered to show how the blocks are formed).
And here's an example of Method 2 applied to a QuickTime movie. (Click the Play button to watch.)