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Old 10-24-2011, 02:54 PM
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I need help editing a jpg!

Can anybody help me get rid of the pixels in this picture please? I have photoshop and Illustrator, but I'm not very good with it yet. I need to cut these out as decals on my cutter ASAP. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/...bel13/z0ny.jpg

Here is the original that I updated a little bit so there would be less waste.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/x0ny/6277280626/
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Old 10-24-2011, 03:40 PM
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Re: I need help editing a jpg!

Hi Nick and welcome to the forums.

Your information about help with editing a JPEG to get rid of pixels has me guessing to what you really want. JPEGs are made of pixels so I am guessing that you want to have the image turned into smooth Vectors instead of jagged Pixels.

It would help forum members help you with suggestions if you provided a slightly better description of the problem and specifically what you want as the end result e.g. a specific vector file format. It is just not perfectly clear to me what you want so instead of spending time going down the wrong path with suggestions, I thought I would just ask you for more details/specifics.
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Old 10-24-2011, 03:57 PM
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Re: I need help editing a jpg!

Thank you for the response! Sorry for the vague information but yes. I am trying to turn it into smooth vector objects. Any help would be great!
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Old 10-24-2011, 04:49 PM
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Re: I need help editing a jpg!

I do not use illustrator but thought that it already had the ability to convert bitmap graphic to vector, http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/il...ttlvtrace.html
Failing that there are some online programs that are supposed to do this conversion e.g. try www.http://vectormagic.com/home
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Old 10-24-2011, 05:10 PM
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Re: I need help editing a jpg!

It does let you vectorize but when I do it, it makes everything all curvy and doesn't pick up the small stuff very well. Ill have to try those links though. If anybody else has any other ideas, feel free to let me know. Ill let you know how those links work when I get a chance to do it later!
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Old 10-24-2011, 05:17 PM
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Re: I need help editing a jpg!

Just a quick update. As the vectormagic looked interesting gave it a try. You have to sign up and you are only offered 2 tokens (trys ?) so it may be of limited interest.

When you try to convert to vector in Illustrator are you seperating your images up enough into individual components - just a thought that small images with intricate details or large images with too many components may be a problem
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:35 PM
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Re: I need help editing a jpg!

Hi Nick
I don't know why you have to work from such a poor JPG image for the work you need to do. Some of the text in your image have some fine wording that is not even readable. Here is what I would consider if I were in your shoes

- Get the source vector file
- Barring that, recreate the vector file from scratch. The vast majority of of the lines involved are Text. There are search web sites where you can plug in a sample of the Text and find the exact font you need. Get the Fonts you need, load the text as Text Layers. The remaining shapes just use the Pen tool. The text can be converted to Work Paths and exported to Illustrator along with the other Text paths. This may take a little bit of time yet I bet it will be a lot less time that starting with the automated tools and then the time consuming steps of manually modifying all of the misplaced vector points to make it anything near acceptable.

There is a phrase I like. When you have a really bad problem, the first step to making good progress is "acknowledging reality." The reality is that you have bad images to work from yet there is a clear cut path to getting clear clean vectors.

All IMHO of course and I hope this is helpful.
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Old 10-25-2011, 12:36 AM
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Re: I need help editing a jpg!

Thanks a lot for the feedback. I was hoping I wouldn't have to go in and recreate everything. The problem is that this image is from a customer that needs some decals made for his motorcycle, and these decals are from a little toy car. They won't get any bigger than that. :/

What would a site be where I can take the text part from the image and enter it in? And will it be able to read the text and tell which font it is even if it is an image rather than text itself? Thanks a lot for the help!
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Old 10-25-2011, 03:04 AM
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Re: I need help editing a jpg!

I found out the former "autotrace" in Illustrator a labour of love to set up but once you got the right seetings for the particular image, it does wonder.

Try it first:
open illustrator with a new document the size of the final work, then file> place> choose the toy decal file. When you select the image, you got a bar at the top of the windows with "live trace" (it's the new name, never get used to it). press the drop down menu just at the right of the button, go to > tracing options, turn on preview.
Play with the settings, expect to spent at least two hours for this as a beginner unless your are lucky. Maybe you should try any monochrome rendering and consider adding the colors later.

then when your artwork is finished go to object>release and then consider to ungroup the multiples pieces to start to work on them.


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Old 10-25-2011, 04:34 AM
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Re: I need help editing a jpg!

Hi Nick,

You're vectorising graphics for cutter on a plotter? self adhesive vinyl graphics? That's what I do all day every day...

Most of those shapes are fairly straightforward - The bit that will probably take the longest is finding the typefaces.

Essentially, what you need to do is place the image into Illustrator and then draw over the top of the shapes, and type over the top of the text.

Before you go too far, check out http://www.brandsoftheworld.com/ to see if any of the logos are on there.

To find out what the typefaces are, you can try http://www.identifont.com/ and http://www.whatfontis.com/

You say that you don't have much experience with Illustrator - What software are you using to control your cutter? something like FlexiSign is equally as good for the job at hand, so if you;re more comfortable with what you use every day, then it would be easier for you to stick with that.

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