Carving a jpg file?


(EJ Ciramella) #1

I kinda lost here - I have a jpg that I’d like to use as the basis of a vcarve.

How does one go from jpg to something that can be pulled into carbide create without tracing my face off?


(William Adams) #2

Re-drawing is best, a second option is to use the auto-trace feature in a tool such as Inkscape. The community has a bit on that here: https://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/CAD

Opensource tracing: http://potrace.sourceforge.net/ — web interface: http://www.vectorization.org/
Webservice for tracing: https://convertio.co/jpg-svg/ or http://online-convert.com/

Alternately use a CAM tool which directly processes images: https://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/CAM#Images or https://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/Commercial_Software#CAM_for_Images

F-Engrave is the usual free suggestion:

https://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/F-Engrave


(EJ Ciramella) #3

Thanks Will - I knew it was kinda a derpy question when I was typing. In the end, I really just need to sit down with inkscape and figure out what I need to do.


(William Adams) #4

First see if F-Engrave will work for what you want — it’s a very nice tool with a very straight-forward interface.


(EJ Ciramella) #5

Hmm - should I see a jpeg option somewhere in the menu setting?

I can’t tell if I need to convert this or I set it up wrong.


(William Adams) #6

It might be that F-Engrave doesn’t support JPEGs and you have resave the pixel image as a file format which it supports.


(EJ Ciramella) #7

I was able to convert to svg, I can see it as a preview in the carbide create window, however, when I try to actually OPEN the file, I get a beach ball. File is attached - willing to try?coffee2coffee2


(EJ Ciramella) #8

Huh - is the file visible somehow? I can’t see it…


(system) #9

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