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quickshow:quicktrace [2019/07/30 12:25]
Bob Varkevisser [Editing the image after it has been traced]
quickshow:quicktrace [2019/10/29 15:49]
Bob Varkevisser [Comments]
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 Once you drag and drop the traced image to a cue, you can use the [[quickshow:​laser_frame_animation_editor|Frame/​Animation editor]] to edit the traced image. For example, you could recolor all or part of the traced image, you could select and then delete certain parts, etc. Once you drag and drop the traced image to a cue, you can use the [[quickshow:​laser_frame_animation_editor|Frame/​Animation editor]] to edit the traced image. For example, you could recolor all or part of the traced image, you could select and then delete certain parts, etc.
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 +**Below additional information from Aaron McDonald, Support Manager.**
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 +Text and logos are the most difficult images to re-create in laser as text is the hardest thing to draw with laser scanners.  ​
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 +For a comparison, look in the "​Logos"​ workspace page at some of the logos cues to see how many points are in some of those frames. ​ If you right click on a cue and select edit frame/​animation,​ you will see a value with "Frame points"​ at the bottom of the frame editor; compare these values between some of the frames and you will see what images flicker and how many points are used in those "​flickery"​ frames (note, some frames like the IBM logo have fewer points in them than most but still flicker due to the complexity of how those frames are drawn. ​ The IBM logo specifically is a bunch of boxes where each box has to be drawn before the next one.  It takes a lot of time to draw each box so the frame flickers). ​ Mosts Laserist myself I always prefer to hand trace logos as opposed to use QuickTrace but this is a practiced art form that can take years to get good at (I am still working on it). 
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 +QuickShow and BEYOND have a feature called QuickTrace and BEYOND has a Picture Tracer that is slightly more sophisticated than QuickTrace. ​ Both features are quick and dirty tools to get simple graphics traced quickly but are not made to be the only tool for you to use when making graphics or logos. ​ They both basically takes an image and break it down based on 1 of three options, color separation (difference in contrast between colors), highlight separation (makes image black and white and uses the contrast of the altered image), and center line (uses the middle of the object in an image). ​ There are some options for all three... options that you can use to tweak your output but again, they are quick and dirty tools. ​
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 +If QuickTrace or the Picture Tracer in BEYOND do not get you the results you want you may need to get your hands dirty, or hire an artist, and take the time to create your laser content in the proper way (90% of laser art is hand drawn in some way even if someone eventually produces the content in an art application like 3D Studio Max). I hand trace 90% of all the laser frame content I produce as I want my work to be close to perfect, and quick and dirty is rarely close to perfect. This is  where laser frame creation becomes an art form.
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quickshow/quicktrace.txt · Last modified: 2019/10/29 15:49 by Bob Varkevisser