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Help making DXF file from Pics

Postby dtb » Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:17 am

So I have really no idea were to start. A gentlemen came in with handcut template and wants us to create the files so we can cut him several at a time. Don't even know were to start. I have attached two file I need help converting. Size isn't that important I can always scale them to size. The turtle is 15 1/2" nose to tail and 14 1/2" wide. The mermaid is 58" tall. Any help would be more than greatly appreciated.

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Re: Help making DXF file from Pics

Postby acourtjester » Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:39 pm

There is a problem with the images due to shading if you tried to do a digital trace. A simple solution for the turtle is to get a large sheet of paper and trace around it and mark through all the internal cut lines, then take a image of the trace and then use it for a digital trace.
You may be able to use back lighting for both again taking an image and then do a digital trace from that. Back lighting will remove the shading.
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Re: Help making DXF file from Pics

Postby beefy » Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:41 pm

dtb wrote:So I have really no idea were to start.


Inkscape is free and there's lots of tutorials on Google, Youtube, etc on how to manually trace bitmaps. It can also auto-trace but that is not a magic wand and is very dependent on the bitmap image you are tracing. Very often you still have to manually edit an auto-traced drawing.

There's also Coreldraw (which I use and prefer), Adobe Illustrator, Vcarve Pro, and others that are paid software.
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