Solved

tiff to dxf or iges or dwg

Posted on 1998-06-04
3
1,449 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-19
Does anyone know how to convert a .tiff file to any of the following?: .dxf, .iges, .dwg These are for cad or cam.
0
Comment
Question by:monte70
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
3 Comments
 
LVL 1

Accepted Solution

by:
bodhy earned 200 total points
ID: 1112733
Well you have a little problem:
TIFF files are bitmap files (formed of a secuence of pixels (dots))
DXF... etc are vectorial files (formed of a secuence of methematical formules, lines, curves, etc...)

At a first look if seems to be impossible, but, there is a way to do it.
You must "trace" the contours of the bitmap image to make it vectorial.. making this you´ll get a the image "vectorized".
Well, this usually works great with images with "masses" of continous colors (to put an example the corporative logos of most of the companies), but if you want to vectorize an complex photo (like your girlfriend´s portrait) the works gets very much harder (and need much more final retouch).

How con you "vectorize" a TIFF, well there are 2 forms basically:
1.- Import the TIFF into a program that works with vectors (like CorelDraw, Adobe Ilustrator, or even 3DStudio...), and then you must trace the contours (by hand) over the image. Finally you delete the bitmap image, and save the image in the format you want.
I´ve made this a lot of times, and i usually employ CorelDraw5, and sometimes 3DStudio.

2.- You can use a program to "vectorize" the image automatically, i know about two:
CorelTrace
Adobe Streamline (this is better, i think)
This programs have paremeters to adjust the complexity of the vectorization... ect..
This is easier, and later you can always retouch the final vectors by hand...

The final result is easy to work with in CAD programs, you can extrude it...etc

If you need more information about the process to do this, ask about it, but as you can see is easy.

Regards:
Bodhy
0
 

Author Comment

by:monte70
ID: 1112734
smart guy, thanks a bunch
0
 

Expert Comment

by:adunz
ID: 24218921
There is also a program called Vector Magic (http://vectormagic.com/desktop)
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Keep your audience engaged and get the most out of your next presentation with these quick Prezi tips.
Technology opened people to different means of presenting information, but PowerPoint remains to be above competition. Know why PPT still works today.
In this second Micro Tutorial in the series,  viewers will learn more basic shortcuts and functions of Illustrator. In this tutorial you will learn about the eyedropper tool, zoom , ellipses and more.
Add visuals to your Prezi to keep your audience engaged. Learn how to embed images, edit them, and more in this video micro tutorial. Select "Insert" from the top menu in your Prezi editor: Select "Image": A toolbar will pop in from the right …

710 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question