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Auto Tracing vs Manual Tracing


Raster to vector conversion can be accomplished, both by manual tracing and using automated tracing software. Both methods have their share of pros and cons.

Cost effectiveness: Automated tracing is the most economical of two. Manual tracing in vector format requisitions service of a deft artist and as such costs more.

Turnaround time: Automated tracing gives instant results in a matter of a few clicks, as compared to manual tracing. However, the end product of automated tracing may not always be up to the mark. Effectiveness of automated tracing depends on an array of factors. For example, for useful raster to vector conversion through software, you necessarily need high resolution, high contrast and very good quality raster image at hand. On the other hand, manual drawing on vector-based software always gives satisfactory results, even with low resolution, low contrast and poor quality raster images. Bitmaps aplenty with gradients or scans infested with dirty areas can even be successfully attempted for vector conversion through manual manipulation, which is otherwise near impossible using automated tracing.

Geometric and free flowing images: Automated tracing generally yields good results with free-flowing images devoid of geometrically definable shapes. On the other hand, manual tracing gives immaculate vector images with both geometric and non-geometric raster images.

Minimally Detailed Drawings: Automated tracing is ideal for photographs that need to retain details. However, if you need a photograph to be converted into minimal line drawing, you must resort to manual redrawing/ tracing.

VectorzMedia uses a combination of auto tracing and manual drawing to offer you the most economical, quickest and best quality results.