Convert PDF to editable Vectors

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DET1242
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Convert PDF to editable Vectors

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I am using VCarve Pro. I have a number (25) of pdf's that I want to import to VCarve and then edit the size. The PDF's are 5" and I need them a 4.250" as a final.
Flower Pattern for Box.pdf
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This is one of the Small PDF's

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To do anything with the pdf, you first import the pdf with vector input. Next draw a rectangle around the image area to save. Highlight the rectangle and the bitmap (you image is a bitmap) and use the Crop Bitmap tool. Resize and you're done. You still have to convert the bitmap to vector by auto trace or tracing it with the drawing tools.
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Import the pdf, auto trace everything, and throw out what you don't want, resize.
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Import the pdf, manually trace everything, resize.

I would go with the last option. This original image is not great quality.

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If you want top quality results it pays to learn how to manually trace artwork. Just my two cents.
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TReischl wrote:
Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:34 pm
If you want top quality results it pays to learn how to manually trace artwork. Just my two cents.
+1. The new 'set fading of selected object' now works fantastic for manual tracing.

https://www.vectric.com/support/tutoria ... or_Drawing
In this tutorial we will show you how to import a low quality bitmap and with the help of the bitmap and vector editing tools show you how to create a vector logo. We will also touch on basic text editing.

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As far back as I can remember, the fade option has always been there. Yes - it can be very handy!
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The image quality when brought in as a PDF file may not be great but when the image is extracted from the PDF with Acrobat to a PNG it’s fairly acceptable.

This must be a fairly ancient PDF file as the internal version is PDF 1.3 which was superceded by PDF 1.4 around 2001 or 2002.
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Extracted from Acrobat to PNG and cropped
Extracted from Acrobat to PNG and cropped

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mtylerfl wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:18 am
As far back as I can remember, the fade option has always been there. Yes - it can be very handy!
You are quite right.... I did a little research and I think it appeared as a new feature in Version 5!!! I would've bet that it was a new feature in a fairly recent version. :oops: Must be just a senior moment....

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