Raster to Vector

MagicTracer Conversion Software
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Sketch

Keyboard Shortcut Menu Shortcut Menu Location
K Alt+R, K
Alt+C, K
Raster -> Sketch
Vector -> Sketch

The Sketch command draws freehand lines or curves. There are actually two separate Sketch commands – one for Raster mode and one for Vector mode.

Raster Sketch

The Raster Sketch command generates a freehand line as a sequence of pixels, using the current foreground color.

Activate the Raster Sketch command. Click and hold the left mouse button to set a starting point. Drag the mouse while holding the left button to draw the path of the line. Release the mouse button to end the line.

Raster Sketch Helpers:

Use the Ctrl key to constrain the Sketch tool to a vertical line, or the Shift key to force the Sketch tool to move horizontally.

Vector Sketch

The Vector Sketch command generates a freehand line, curve, or arc.

Activate the Vector Sketch command. Click and hold the left mouse button to set a starting point. Drag the mouse while holding the left button to draw the curve. Release the mouse button to end the sketched shape.

Vector Sketch Helpers:

Press and hold the Alt key just before releasing the mouse button to automatically close the sketched shape.

Use the Ctrl key to constrain the Sketch tool to a vertical line, or the Shift key to force the Sketch tool to move horizontally.

Click on the small black arrow in the Vector Sketch tool icon, or right-click to open the context menu, to access the following options:

Sketch as Curve

Draws the sketched shape as a spline curve.

Enable Arc on Sketch

Allows you to sketch arcs and circles. To draw an arc draw a short simple curve segment. To draw a circle hold down the Alt key as you end the curve. Double-curved shapes will still be drawn as curves, not as two or more arcs.

Smoothing

There are four levels of smoothing that can be automatically applied to the resulting curve as you sketch a freehand vector shape: