How to Use Image tracer Power Tool in DraftSight?
DraftSight is free CAD software that is easy to learn and use. It provides powerful tools for 2D and 3D design, allowing you to create complex models. One of these tools is the power tool.
A power tool is a plugin that provides an alternate way to do something in DraftSight. Power tools can help with things like rendering, text editing, and joining solids.
This post will teach you about the power tool available in Draftsight - Image tracer and how to install one if you need it in your workflow.
The Image Tracer
The image tracer power tool is a plugin that allows you to create a trace of an image. It's useful for quickly generating models from actual images instead of having to spend hours modeling them. The software reads the pixel information of the image and creates a 3D model as it processes the information. This saves time in DraftSight because you don't have to manually model everything yourself.
Image tracer is an example of a power tool. It can be found on the Plugins tab under More Tools > Image Tracer. It's easy to install; all you need to do is unpack it and then double-click the .dcr file. Installing it will automatically place a shortcut on your desktop for you to use later if you need it in your workflow.
How to install the Image Tracer?
When you open the DraftSight software, you'll notice it has a blue toolbar near the top and a ribbon across the top. If you click on that toolbar, there will be an option for plugins. Click on that and then scroll down until you find "Image Tracer."
Click on "Image Tracer" to install it in your DraftSight software. This plugin is one of many tools available (we are only focusing on this one).
After installing the plugin in your DraftSight software, you'll notice there's now an extra bar at the bottom of your screen. There will also be a new icon at the top right corner of your ribbon that represents Image Tracer.
The 3 things you need to know about the Image tracer power tool
- Convert raster images in .bmp, png, and .jpg formats into accurate and editable lines and curves in DWG files.
- The images can range widely from floor plans to artistic logos saving massive time and tedious effort to manually retrieve and edit the image elements.
- Image tracer feature is available in all versions except Draftsight standard.
- When you select the image tracer feature, it shows the property manager of it.
- Here you can select the profile type to convert as.
- Attach an image that wants to be converted as dwg
- In this case, I use the SOLIDWORKS logo, so selecting the type as logo
As a result, here is the logo of SOLIDWORKS. Using the join command, I can join the individual lines.
Now that you know what the power tools in DraftSight are, you’re ready to start using them.
The Image Tracer lets you take a picture of anything and automatically converts it into a traceable, editable 2D line drawing. This is easier than drawing it all by hand, and is a great way to reuse, cut, and paste.