I've been trying to use the PowerTrace function with varying (mostly disappointing) results. I end up doing the logos by hand tracing them in Corel. The tutorials I found have very simple examples and of course they come out great. But trying to do something more complicated like:
I have problems with it due to the fill. Tired to make it B&W but that didn't go over well either.
So who is having success with complicated bitmaps and PowerTrace?
I have always prefered the old CorelTRACE to trace complicated bitmaps. So if you have any older version CorelDRAW with CorelTRACE then I would try that one. And in CorelTRACE use "Outline" trace 100%. I checked the image you attached, and that one is probably just a sample for us from you, but the better bitmap you have regarding quality, the better trace result you get. Lets see if any other using Powertarce have any ideas on this issue.
Yep - That's one of the samples I have to work with. Another one I imported in from a PDF file, but still had the problems. First thing I do is to search through the usual logo sites, but mostly I end up having to deal with a bitmap from a web site somewhere.
Here's another sample which gets messed up as well:
( Just thought I would keep everyone busy for these first few days while we wait for others to arrive )
I've had the same issues. Tried reducing colors, adjusting curves, accuracey etc..etc.. but it seems that with bitmaps it not that great. Maybe I SHOULD say that at least with bitmaps I'M not that great...lol
... So who is having success with complicated bitmaps and PowerTrace?
My issue has been tracing un-complicated bitmaps. People send me artwork that they find on the web - typically a small GIF. Of course when you trace a small, low resolution image (I also find that the older Corel trace works better) the result is very jagged vector lines.
I get much better results with this technique:
Enlarge your small GIF as large as possible ( I use Paint Shop Pro)
Convert to black & white ( I'm carving the image, so I don't need color)
In Paint Shop Pro: Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur (Play with the setting - this blur will fill in the little gaps in your pixalated image)
Use Corel Trace to trace the image outline after setting Image Mode to black & white.
In Corel Draw reduce the number of nodes and edit as needed.
Reduce the size of your drawing as needed.
This technique gives me a much better starting point for editing in Corel Draw.