Converting an image to SVG with Inkscape - BARN

Converting an image to SVG with Inkscape

1) Install required applications on your computer

a. InkScape:

b. Autodesk Fusion 360:

2) Locate and download a silhouette image of your choosing in JPEG or PNG format. This will eventually be cut on the CNC Plasma Cutter. When starting out, this should be a relatively simple image – see examples below.



3) Open InkScape application. On MacOS computers, select New Document to open a canvas.

4) Select Document Properties from the File menu. Scroll down on the Document Properties pane and uncheck Show page border on the left. The border on the canvas should disappear.

inkscape document properties inkscape document properties border


5) Select Import from the File menu and find the image you identified above (if asked for permissions to access a folder, click Accept). Then click Ok on the png bitmap image import dialog.

inkscape import inkscape png bitmap image import dialog


6) With the image selected (dashed line should show up around borders), select Trace Bitmap from the Path menu. Then select Update in the Trace Bitmap pane. The image should populate above the button. Click Apply (MacOS) or Ok (Windows). Close the pane using the X button at the top (shows up in a tabbed interface on MacOS).

Inkscape dog bordersinkscape trace bitmapinkscape trace bitmap pane

7) The vector image you just created is now directly on top of the original image. Grab the vector image and move to the side. Click on the original image and press Delete. If you are unsure which image is which, the vector image (which you want to keep) will have a smooth line when you zoom way in on it where the original image (which you want to delete) will show a fuzzy/pixelated line.

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8) Save the image to your computer in svg format

inkscape dog save svgs

9) Open Fusion 360