I have a collage that I made that I want to digitize and most of the background is black. When I try to convert it using Trace Bitmap in Inkscape it freezes my computer. I tried reducing the number of scans with the same effect. What other settings should I try to change?
What’s the resolution of the image? If it’s very large, you could try scaling it down (in a raster editor, like GIMP) before tracing it in Inkscape.
It’s a 8.5 x 11. I will try that this evening. Thanks for the tip.
Vectormagic works well. But it’s not free. You can see the results before you sign up on their website.
The physical dimensions don’t matter - it’s the resolution (pixels x pixels) of the bitmap that will kill the trace bitmap function. Note that your bitmap in Inkscape may be scaled, so you can’t get a good read on the resolution just by looking there. You’ll want to open it in something else, like GIMP, in order to know the true resolution.
I scanned it at 600 dpi originally, so yea that’s probably the problem. I got home late from the board meeting so I’m going to change resolution of it today.
I got it to work but really didn’t like the results. Adobe is having sale right now, so I bit the bullet, for now. The entire creative cloud is $30 per month for the first year. It’s month to month so I’m going to try it and see where I go. Wish me luck.