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Using Inkscape To Convert an Image to SVG


Using Inkscape To Convert an Image to SVG

When I first started trying to Convert an Image to SVG, I seemed to have a really hard time finding a tutorial that made sense to me. Being a visual person it was hard to watch a video and get it.

I hope this video will help with the basics of learning how to Convert an Image to SVG.

Along with this video, I have added here step by step how to do this.

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To Convert an Image to SVG

  1. Join my group here 🙂 (entirely optional, but you don’t want to miss out on any greatness.
  2. Go here and download and install Inkscape
  3. Find your image
  4. Open Inkscape
  5. Go to file
  6. Click open
  7. Then select your image
  8. In Inkscape click the image to select it
  9. Go to path
  10. click trace bitmap
  11. Select colors, then remove background and adjust scans (I select double the number of colors there)
  12. Click update
  13. Move the bitmap copy and delete original
  14. Go back to file click save as
  15. Give it a name and save
  16. Then load into Design Space

Now you have created your first SVG. I will do another tutorial on getting rid of layers you don’t need. Contouring, welding and slicing the image. Today’s tut was meant to give you the basics.

Drop me a line below and tell me what you think of this video and what else you would like to learn.

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Elaine Meckler

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

thank you, thank you, thank you! this made the most sense as i have been struggling with this!

Alice Whitsel

Monday 18th of January 2021

Awesome!!! Very easy and to the point without a bunch of jibber jabber!!! Got it the first try.. you are awesome!!! Can’t wait to try the next tut!!!!

Vicki Ings

Thursday 17th of September 2020

Thank you this was super helpful


Sunday 12th of April 2020

Thanks for the video but why, when you get to design space is each color a whole picture of the Hello Kitty and not just the item that you want that color. Like the pink is the whole image not just the shirt and flower? It should just be those images not the whole picture. Or the yellow should just be the center of flower and the nose, again not the entire image. That would make the vinyl too thick if cut that way. I hope what I am asking is making sense.

Jamela Porter

Saturday 2nd of May 2020

That is just the way Inkscape works, I no longer use it. If you search how to make an SVG there is a more recent tutorial.

David Elstob

Saturday 8th of February 2020

Came here from YouTube. Just wanted to say thanks for this tutorial. I'm SVG mad due to being a performance junkie.

You can rinse your SVGs through Jake Archibald's SVGO to lighten them up afterwards.

Thanks again. #Perfmatters