I am looking to create a design for decorative elements to be carved in wood panels. I am concerned that hand-drawing images leads to too much rework, and would like to have the entire design in a vector-based application also. However to get some ideas flowing, hand drawing the concepts would seem the most fruitful course at present.
Is it even possible to automatically transfer a hand drawn image into a vector based program? Note that the design will be lines only at this stage and no colors will be used.
Thank you for your response.
Thank you for your response. I already found a few commercial products that convert hand drawn images into vector drawings and a scanner is needed.
Scanners have got damned
Scanners have got damned cheap. I saw lots of conversion services while checking on this question, and maybe if its a one-off project, it may be cheap enough to go that route. Cheap scanner plus free svg editor allows for total control.
But, it's your nickel.
ocr and inkscape
i followed the section of the inkscape manual on converting bitmaps to vector and it was very interesting
one thing worth mentioning is that the text or macro setting on a decent camera can do a good scan with proper lighting, i am so cheap i have tried it