How to Vectorize an Image in CorelDRAW

Most images that you find online (JPGs, PNGs, GIFs) are in raster format. This means that the images contain a number of pixels that become increasingly obvious as you enhance the size of your image.

Vector images do not have this issue. A vector image will have the same quality no matter the size. Thus, if you need a good quality image in different sizes, you need to understand vector graphics.

There are many programs that allow you to draw or convert images to vector images, and CorelDRAW is one of them.

How to Convert a Raster Image to Vector in CorelDRAW

The vectorization process in CorelDRAW is quick and easy. The software offers built-in features that allow you to trace an image with just a couple of clicks. This lets you turn even the most problematic raster pictures to clear vectorized images.

Related: How to Vectorize an Image in Adobe Illustrator

To get started, you first need to import your image by heading to File > Import, or pressing Ctrl + I on your keyboard. This will make a small window pop up, where you can choose the image that you wish to import.

Now, let's go over the various ways you can trace an image.

Quick Trace

The easiest way to vectorize an image in CorelDRAW is to simply click on Trace Bitmap from the dropdown in the toolbar, and then select Quick Trace.

Quick Trace will vectorize your image in the simplest way possible. This is convenient for pictures without a lot of detail, but it's not the best option for more complex images.

Centerline Trace

This method uses unfilled open and closed curves, making it a good choice for tracing maps, line drawings, technical illusions, and signatures.

To trace text, you'll have to convert the text to bitmap first. You can do this by selecting the text, and then clicking on Bitmap > Convert to Bitmap.

After that, go to Trace Bitmap > Centerline Trace. In the next menu, you'll see two options: Technical Illustration and Line Trace. The Technical Illustration option will offer a sketch with thin lines, while the Line Drawing option offers a sketch with more prominent lines.

Here, we chose Technical Illustration.

In the new window that pops up, you can adjust the details of your trace, and you can see the results as you edit them.

Outline Trace

Outline Trace works for both simple images and detailed photographs. It offers quite a few different tracing options.

Although each option in Outline Trace has its purpose, you can use them on any bitmap image you import. Here are all the Outline Trace options you have in CorelDRAW together, and how they react to a high-res photo:

  • Line Art: The Line Art option works best when you already have a clear image without too many pixels. This way, you will get a simple and clean outline trace. It works best when you are tracing black-and-white illustrations and sketches.
  • Logo: As the name suggests, the Logo option will trace simple logos that do not have many details and colors.
  • Detailed Logo: If you have a more complex logo with gradient shading and more details, this option works great.
  • Clipart: This option allows you to trace ready-to-use graphics.
  • Low-Quality Image: This trace option is perfect in case you want to trace a photograph without many details.
  • High-Quality Image: If you want to trace a photograph and keep all its details, the High-Quality Image trace option works wonders. Depending on the quality of the image you import, as well as the overall details you choose, the results will vary.

How to Create a Vector Drawing From Scratch

CorelDRAW allows you to make your own vector drawing or outline an existing one from scratch. On the left side of the screen, you have a couple of options that allow you to draw with vectors.

Let's go over each of these options.

Freehand

The Freehand option is one of the most popular curve tools in CorelDRAW. It allows you to freely draw, as it turns your lines into vectors that you can later edit.

When you draw a shape, simply click on the line with the Shape Tool, and you will be able to edit the vectors.

2-Point Line

The 2-Point Line tool allows you to draw straight lines that are tangent or perpendicular to objects.

Bezier and Pen Tools

With these two options, you can draw one segment at a time. You will get precise control of the shape and curve of each segment as you place the nodes.

The Pen tool will also give you the ability to preview the line segment while you draw.

Polyline

The Polyline tool is an easier option if you do not have a drawing pad but still prefer to use the Freehand tool. It allows you to draw complex lines that you can edit later. As you draw, you get to see the preview of your drawing.

3-Point Curve

This tool allows you to make the perfect curved line that you can alter. You get to specify the width and height as you draw. The 3-Point Curve is often used to quickly create arc shapes without having to deal with nodes.

B-Spline

When you select the B-Spline tool, you can draw curved lines by setting the control points of your curve, all without having to break them into segments.

Tracing a Picture in CorelDRAW by Hand

If you want to easily trace a picture, you can use any of the aforementioned tools. But if you want manually trace a picture in CorelDRAW, you can use the Freehand tool.

Related: How to Design a Simple Poster in CorelDRAW

To do this, start by simply creating the nodes. You can do this by clicking wherever you want to place it.

Then, click on the Shape tool, and select all the nodes that you created.

Once you select all the nodes, right-click anywhere on the line, and select To Curve. This will allow you to manually curve every single line.

You can curve the lines by clicking on the line and moving it, or by clicking on the nodes and using the arrows.

Once you're finished, you need to make sure that you close the shape you drew. In CorelDRAW, you can color only the shapes that you close. There is a color palette on the right side of the screen. To color your closed shape, select the shape you want to color and click on one of the colors.

Left-clicking the color will color the inside of the shape. Right-clicking the color will outline the shape with the selected color.

Trace Your Image or Start From Scratch

As you can see, CorelDRAW has plenty of options for you to vectorize an image. You can even draw a vector image from scratch!

The vector options in CorelDRAW work in a similar manner as they do in Adobe Illustrator. The main difference between the two is that CorelDRAW is a better option for graphic designers and hobbyists who are working in niche fields, while Adobe Illustrator is perfect for graphic design professionals who want to create a myriad of vector graphics.

Author: Logan Tooker

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