You can use this feature to benefit from getting paths that you can use and edit in your design, as a result of the vectorization. If you expect a 100% faithful representation of your picture, only in vector format, you will be disappointed.
The functionality is ideal to vectorize dark silhouettes in front of a bright background. There is an option for keeping colors, but Inkscape will then create one object for each color. You'll find yourself facing a pile of objects, each of a different color. This can be difficult to edit.
To vectorize a picture:
Let's take a closer look at this wonderful tool. The first tab offers several different Modes :
The mode Multiple Scans will give you a more detailed result, but it will create a separate object for each scan.
Don't forget to refresh the preview on the right of the dialog, and to click on Ok to create the vector object.
rocket.png, the image that we want to trace in this example.
The image rocket.png has been imported and the Trace Bitmap dialog was opened. The Live Preview can be activated to show a rough preview of the result.
The rocket traced with the Brightness Cutoff option.
The rocket vectorized with the Edge Detection option.
A bitmap image in color.
Multiple Scans: Colors option with 10 scans. There are 10 stacked objects in the result.
After ungrouping, the 10 objects can be moved.
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