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Title: Jpg to Silouette
Post by: gmapatty on September 14, 2010, 07:48:15 AM
I would like to take a photo and turn it into a siloueete so I can cut it with my E. Can someone please tell me how I can do this? I am new to Inkscape and I am running Windows 7.

Thanks
Title: Re: Jpg to Silouette
Post by: Technomum on September 14, 2010, 10:16:32 AM
I am not the best person to answer this but I can tell you what I would do.

Open your jpg in Inkscape.  Enlarge it to a reasonable size.   Use your Bezier tool to outline the part of the photo you wish to use.  Zoom in so that you can adjust the nodes to fit the outline properly.  Once you are happy, drag the outline to one side and use black fill into your outline.  Voila a silhouette.   I find many photographs very difficult to trace by using Path>Bitmap trace.   Line drawings and some black and white images are the easiest.
Title: Re: Jpg to Silouette
Post by: gmapatty on September 14, 2010, 10:57:37 AM
Not to sound stupid, but where do you find the black fill? Also I am playing with inkscape and trying to delete parts that I do not want, how do I get Inkscape to keep them? When I use the squares, for example, they do not stay with the picture.
Title: Re: Jpg to Silouette
Post by: Technomum on September 14, 2010, 02:16:56 PM
Look on the bottom of the Inkscape screen and you will see all the colours from left to right together with a slider so that you can view them all.  Black is at the beginning of the line. If you select your objects and right click on one of the colours it will fill with that colour.  You will need to be in View Mode > Display > Normal to see the fill.  The fill does not display in Outline Mode.   If you only want a coloured stroke right click on the colour and choose Set Stroke.  If you want to remove a fill click on the X  at the lefthand end of the colour bar.

If you want to keep shapes together, select them all together.  You can draw an imaginary box round them by clicking on the arrow on the top Left Toolbar and dragging your mouse down and to the right or left (depending on your lead hand) and then use Object>Group from the Menus.  That will keep them all together.  To ungroup them you can use Object>Ungroup.

I use keyboard shortcuts as they are much quicker.  For example to group a selected set of objects I use Ctrl+G and to ungroup I use Shift+Ctrl+G.  To edit with keystrokes you will find the complete list under Help on the top bar of Inkscape (Keys and Mouse Reference).  There is also a copy of the Inkscape Manual there which might help you.  Aussie Carolyn has some very good videos on her Blog that you might like to try.
Title: Re: Jpg to Silouette
Post by: PapaSue on September 14, 2010, 04:31:39 PM
You might want to ask "butterfly" since she just posted a very nice silhouette from a  photo. She's a great gal and "might" be persuaded to share her secret.

I did a written tutorial last year in Ink 0.46 that might get you started.

http://papasuecreative.blogspot.com/200 ... photo.html (http://papasuecreative.blogspot.com/2009/02/making-silhouette-from-photo.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;)
Title: Re: Jpg to Silouette
Post by: Aussie Carolyn on September 14, 2010, 04:59:41 PM
Susan, don't you have a few videos showing how to manual trace an image using the bezier tool?
I know I don't have any videos or tutorials on tracing.
Title: Re: Jpg to Silouette
Post by: PapaSue on September 14, 2010, 05:14:18 PM
Yes, well I thought about that one too, especially after someone suggested manual trace.

Here it is

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21UNskIU ... r_embedded (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21UNskIUFXk&feature=player_embedded" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;)

Well getting old you know...you even forget your own stuff let alone other peoples!

Thanks Carolyn
Title: Re: Jpg to Silouette
Post by: Butterfly on September 15, 2010, 07:49:08 AM
I was lucky I understood what tools and kinda how to use them in Techie's post and that is how I did it.
  :D THANK YOU Techie  :D
I have been wanting to do this for so long, now all I have to do is figure out how too use the setting to turn a photo into a full on silhouette with features
Title: Re: Jpg to Silouette
Post by: Aussie Carolyn on September 15, 2010, 08:29:46 AM
Quote from: "gmapatty"
I would like to take a photo and turn it into a siloueete so I can cut it with my E. Can someone please tell me how I can do this? I am new to Inkscape and I am running Windows 7.

Thanks

I have added a pdf file with the basic instructions to this post. It is very hard to explain in writing how to move the nodes and manipulate the lines. I have added a list of a few videos on You Tube that show manual tracing using the bezier tool. I hope this helps.
Title: Re: Jpg to Silouette
Post by: PapaSue on September 15, 2010, 05:37:00 PM
I remembered I have one more on auto trace when you have several different pieces in the photograph and they don't "trace" well.

This is a how to of my birdhouse that didn't trace well.  Maybe you'll get even more ideas on how to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHI-fdaB ... r_embedded (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHI-fdaBa_0&feature=player_embedded" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;)
Title: Re: Jpg to Silouette
Post by: Technomum on September 15, 2010, 11:08:39 PM
Sue, your video is just what gmapatty needs to start her off.  I am sure she will be delighted to see it as videos seem to make working with Inkscape so much easier.
Title: Re: Jpg to Silouette
Post by: PapaSue on September 15, 2010, 11:29:05 PM
Very kind of you....thanks!
Title: Re: Jpg to Silouette
Post by: gmapatty on September 21, 2010, 06:32:08 AM
I will look at the video and thanks to all of your for your suggestions. I will let you know how I do. I have been busy with raising my grandsons. They are both in baseball and now my granddaughter is playing softball. So, with that said most of my spare time is at the ball fields. Luckily, fall is a short season.