In this tutorial, we’ll use Inkscape to trace an image of Hello Kitty and convert it to an SVG file for layering vinyl or another material. We will begin by opening the Hello Kitty JPEG file and Inkscape.
I will drag and drop it from the folder into the workspace and choose to embed it. You can use the open file operation for this as well. We will adjust the image size by holding the ctrl and then grabbing the corner and adjusting the size down. It’s essential to hold ctrl so that your width and height perspectives remain consistent in Inkscape. You can use your plus and minus keys to zoom in, and out of your image, and with our image selected, you can see the adjustment boxes around it. It’s essential to have it chosen during this process. Choose the path menu and then trace bitmap. The options you want to use here are colours, deselect the smooth, and select the remove background and stock scans options.
We typically want to count the number of colours we have first, so 1 2 3 4 shades in this image will start at four scans. Click the Update button, and you should get a preview of your image. If I had selected three scans, you’d notice the nose is not the proper colour, so I’ll typically increment that number and click update until my image resembles the original if this isn’t working for you, your image may not be high enough resolution, so if your image has a lot of shady or pixelization that is viewed as different colours by Inkscape so you need to have a good sharp image with a minimal number of colours that you can have once I click OK you’ll see the stop button go active for about a second and then go back took if you have an image ten possibly up to 15 colours that map process may take a few seconds as well we can close this boxes.
When they’ll ever need it, and if we grab the image, you’ll notice one on top. The one underneath is our original image, and we can delete that and get rid of it as we no longer need it. Next, with our image selected, we want to go to object and group and then click off the image so that nothing is specified. Then when you go back to your idea, you should be able to drag off the different coloured layers; in this case, we do not need these layers, so we’re going to delete them and get rid of them, and next, we’ll want to fill in the various areas of Hello Kitty with paint so we’ll go to our paint fill bucket with nothing selected it’s imperative and had not had anything set when you change colours we’ll go down here to our colour palette. We’ll choose a bright pink colour for the outfit, and I’d like to zoom in while I fill in the colours.
it’s essential to have the entire area on the screen when you fill it so if it’s like this you cannot supply this area appropriately so you need to have it all on the screen and click on it to fill it now we’ll do the bow hole zoom back out and you’ll see when I go back to my selector each of these are now selectable objects so I’ll draw a box around these while holding my shift key I’ll select the outfit and now you’ll see that all the pink pieces are chosen I’ll go to path and combine that gives me all one item that I can keep together yet move it around the free will next with next thing selected I’ll go back to the fill bucket get yellow you will zoom in and color in Hello Kitty’s nose now here’s an important thing to note Hello Kitty is of course white but this image these white spaces are actually transparent so what I like to do sometimes is to grab a rectangle box and draw it maybe change it to a color that I’m not working with to avoid confusion and then go to object lower to bottom that way I can see what areas
I need to fill in so again with nothing selected I’ll go to the Paint Bucket and get white we’ll zoom in and fill each of these areas and now we have a wholly colored in Hello Kitty but we’re not finished yet we’ll get our selector tool and we need to select all the white areas by holding the shift key and go back to path and combine again and as you can see that keeps everything together in its proper place now I’ll move this over to the side we’ll move all the colored pieces out that we have filled in and we want a nice solid flat color for our layer so black is going to be our base layer the critical thing to remember is that you cannot you get of course cut this out of black but you would never be able to lay your vano or other material and they’re perfect where they have these edges there’s no need to we just need to fill this in a solid block so with this frame selected we get a path break apart and then not clicking on anything else we get a path Union and that gives us one solid piece we can move these pieces back where they belong we can get rid of the square we were using we select the entire image and go to object group and we save this as a plain SVG file and now if I go into design space and I upload pictures I can choose vector upload and open the Hello Kitty file we just saved it looks good in preview so we’ll keep it and we’ll insert it into our workspace if I look at my layers you’ll see that I have a white layer yellow pink and black we’ll adjust the size down a bit and when I click go to cut you’ll know that we have our separate color panels as we would expect hopefully my video has been helpful to you if it has been please subscribe to my channel and by all means please share my videos.