making a cut file for a water jet or laser

I want to know how to create a file to cut from a photo. i have a pictures of objects that i want to convert to a cut file almost like a stencil file so that it is cut out of the background piece and you can tell what you are looking at by the contour lines and outline lines that are cut. i know how to convert to a vector file, but i want minimal lines in the drawing.

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  • I usually use GIMP for this kind of work. Somehow create selection that contains your shape. Use Selection to Curve tool and then export the curve to a SVG file. Then just import SVG to Corel and clean up the shape, using your photo as a background image.

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