Question on Hand Drawn Lines

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Question on Hand Drawn Lines

Postby Copper John » Sat May 05, 2018 8:26 pm

Thanks in advance for any light you can shed on my questions:

I'm using VCarve desktop 8.5. I produce a lot of hand drawn images that I then scan, save as a JPEG and bring in thru Import Bitmap for Tracing and at that point they are all single line images. Then when I use the Trace Bitmap tool all the lines appear as double lines. There is always a great deal of unwanted specs that need to be removed thru Node Editing.

My two main questions are: How do I eliminate the second double line and then how do I make the single line bolder so I can have it cut deeper?

Appreciate any and all suggestions.
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Re: Question on Hand Drawn Lines

Postby Adrian » Sat May 05, 2018 9:41 pm

The double lines are required if you want to use a vcarve toolpath as you need the inner and outer vectors for that type of toolpath. If you want to use a profile toolpath on a single line you'll need to edit the vectors to remove the ones you don't want. To make a line cut deeper you would specify a deeper cut depth in the toolpath.
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Re: Question on Hand Drawn Lines

Postby FixitMike » Sun May 06, 2018 5:38 am

I would like to suggest that you go to Help--Help Contents and read what it says about the Trace Bitmap tool and the VCarve toolpath. It explains how they work in detail to give you a good handle on how they work.

Many of us find it easier to draw vectors over an imported bit map rather than using the Trace Bitmap tool. YMMV

Whenever I trace a bitmap, I next use the Curve Fit-Fit curves to selected vectors--Bezier tool to clean up the tracing.
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