About this service
What can Autotracer do?
You can use this Autotracer to convert raster images into vector graphics. This process is called tracing or vectorization.
Tracing can be done by hand or you can use a tool which does this cumbersome job automatically, although further post-processing is usually necessary.
Most auto-tracing tools cost a lot of money so if you do not need them regularly this free tool is the perfect option.
Why should I vectorize an image?
In a raster image, each object is represented by a pattern of dots. Raster images are good for photographs and images with color gradients or subtle shading. However, they are not very good for other purposes. One of the main disadvantages is that raster images cannot be resized without losing quality.
Conversely, vector graphics can be scaled to any size without any loss in quality. Graphics best suited for the vector format are logos, page layout, type, line art or illustrations.
This tool uses the fantastic autotrace library developed by Martin Weber. Image preprocessing is done with the Java[tm] Advanced Imaging API.