Most graphics and images are created in a pixelated form. However, for certain purposes it makes sense to use vector graphics, or can even be essential. Two examples are for the application of special colours or for printing and stitching textiles. In the production of individually-designed T-shirts, jackets or blouses, paths are needed around which the printing or embroidery machine can orientate. If you have pixel graphics that you want to use on clothing, these need to be converted into vector graphics. The best program to use for this is Adobe Illustrator, although it is also possible in Photoshop and InDesign.
For the tutorial, the Adobe Creative Cloud versions have been used.
- Insert the motif and select it using the selection tool.
- Select ‘Detect Edges’ under Object > Clipping path > Options.
- Set the threshold and tolerance so that your graphic is encompassed by the path as precisely as possible. Make sure you tick the box beside ‘Preview’. In our example, we have input the following settings: threshold 35, tolerance 0.
- Confirm with ‘OK’.
A general rule: the simpler the graphic, the easier it is to vectorise. Photos, for example, are therefore not suitable for vectorising. They consist of too many pixels, which makes the creation of a path difficult.
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