Vector Conversion Online Tools
Various online tools are available for raster to vector conversion and creation to trace basic designs like simple images and logos, such as Vector Magic. They are not as precise as tracing the design by hand, but can produce a well traced simple logo. Although they are found online, some of these online tools also have a desktop version that can be downloaded onto the computer desktop. Some can only be downloaded with a price, while others are free to download.
Online tools such as Vector Magic are fairly simple to use. You must begin by uploading any desired image. The program will spend anywhere between a few seconds to a couple of minutes tracing the image. You then have a choice to adjust the software settings to the desired tracing settings, or the program can figure out what settings to use when tracing automatically.
Once the program has traced the raster image, the converted vector image can be tweaked and edited to improve the image. You can edit the colors, as well as remove the background, and make adjustments using a pencil tool to the vector paths. Once you are satisfied with the image, the software gives multiple download options. The converted image can be saved as a bitmap image, often in PNG format, or as a vector in EPS, SVG or PDF format. Generally, the best option is to save as en EPS, as the EPS can be opened in other vector-based programs in order to further edit the image.
One of the main advantages of online tools, is that it can take away the time spent tracing on simple images. The converted EPS file can be re-opened in a vector based program such as Illustrator, to have more editing options, but the basic outline of the image has already been traced. If you want more precision, it may be better to trace the image by hand, but tracing it online can help save a lot of time.
Tip: Avoid tracing fonts in online software or in any vector-based program. The font can end up looking distorted or warped. It is always better to find a font that is similar looking, or find the exact font and convert the font to a vector object for precision.