In case you’re not familiar with it, Inkscape is an open source, graphics design program.
It is similar to CorelDraw and Adobe Illustrator, however it is completely free and you’ll never have to spend a nickel for any updates!
More often then not, a customer will supply you with unuseable grayscale or a full color bitmap art that will not work.
In this article, we’re going to focus on creating a single color black and white vector image (we added some green text to better show the difference in the supplied art and the new traced black and white vector image).
Next, select Path>Trace Bitmap. A message box will appear on the screen. The box has two tabs, mode and the other options. Select the “mode” tab and choose the settings shown in screen shot shown. When you have image “vectorized” the way you want, click OK. You may need to experiment with the settings to get an ideal result with your particular image, so be sure to play around with the settings.
Once you have your desired traced image, simply delete the original bitmap image that is underneath it and add your desired text to your design and resize the image to the final print size that you want for screen printing. That’s it!
It is ideal for screen printers for creating line art images and it has the features you need to do just that.
For even more info on creating a traced image with Inkscape, visit this page:
For detailed information on using Inkscape, check out the user guide: