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Author Topic: Convert scanned "outline" to filled shape?  (Read 1853 times)

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Offline GoGayleGo

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Convert scanned "outline" to filled shape?
« on: April 30, 2014, 05:15:05 AM »
Not sure what to search on to find this if it's already addressed elsewhere, or exactly how to describe what I need, but I'll try.  I may not be using the right terms to describe my issue, which may be part of the problem.

I have ordered some custom-cut acrylic.  I did not design the shape, went with something already offered (a scalloped circle).  I now have the acrylic pieces and want to use my Pazzles to cut contact paper in the same shape.  I traced the shape onto paper with a soft lead pencil, then scanned that in.  I was able to use "trace bitmap" to convert to something with nodes; however, it seems like the whole "shape" or "object" is the line itself, and does not include the inside area.  Can someone please point me in the right direction to convert what I have to a shape that can be filled with a color?

Thanks!
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Offline HeatherM

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Re: Convert scanned "outline" to filled shape?
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2014, 02:23:31 PM »
You're going in the right direction.  I'm assuming that you're working in Inkscape?  Once you've traced your drawing all you need to do is select the trace, then from the menu use Path/Break apart.  Click off of the trace to de-select it, then select the inner piece and move it aside.  You will need to delete one of the shapes (or more if your lines traced sketchy).  Since you traced around the shapes you will probably want to delete the outer shape.  

Here's a tutorial that I wrote a while ago on tracing in Inkscape.  http://imagesbyheatherm.wordpress.com/2 ... -inkscape/
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