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?
... 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.
What happend to the woodcut option from previous versions of Trace
I used the function a lot to achieve interesting effects in cut vinyl