Picture Cut Trace

The Picture Cut tool applies a striping effect to a bitmap. The process slices the image with a series of horizontal or vertical stripes of varying widths. The stripes will be joined into several groups, each with its own tab, to aid in the weeding process.DesignBitmapPictureCut.png


In the DesignCentral - Picture Cut tab, adjust the following parameters:



mceclip1.png Enhance Image Applies an image enhancement filter before tracing the image.
mceclip2.png Brightness Changes how dark the finished image comes out.
mceclip3.png Number of Stripes Specifies the number of stripes to be created.
mceclip4.png Resolution Specifies the resolution at which an image is traced. You can trace using the Full resolution of an image or 1/2, 1/4, or 1/8 of its original resolution. At reduced resolutions the tracing process is quicker and produces fewer points, but the quality will not be as accurate. Optimal selects a resolution based on image size to optimize the traces.
mceclip5.png Cut Direction Determines whether the stripes are horizontal or vertical.
mceclip6.png Reverse Image Reverses the dark and light portions of the image.
mceclip7.png Color Sets the color of the resulting vector objects.


  • From the Main toolbar, select the Picture Cut tool. OR
  • From the Bitmap Menu, point to Vectorize > Picture Cut 
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  • Adjust the tracing parameters in the DesignCentral - Picture Cut tab.
  • To trace the entire bitmap or parts of it
    • Click and drag the cursor to create a rectangular bounding box. (Hold Shift to create a square bounding box.) Surround the area on the bitmap that you want to trace.
    • Hold Ctrl and click to trace all of the bitmap.


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