How to use image tracing in CanvasWorkspace

Turn your JPG and PNG images into cut files.

how to use image tracing in canvas workspace

 

If you wonder how to trace images in CanvasWorkspace, this post is for you. We’ll explain all the secrets of the Image Tracing tool,  and we’ll guide you through the process step-by-step. A good image tracing is essential to the success of your cutting projects.

This post is a new chapter of our ultimate guide to Brother CanvasWorkspace. Check the previous articles to learn how to make the most out of the software. You’ll discover a lot of creative possibilities for your Brother ScanNCut.

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Why do I have to trace my designs in CanvasWorkspace?
Can I turn PNG and JPG files into cut files in CanvasWorkspace?
How to trace images in CanvasWorkspace?

 

Why do I have to trace my designs in CanvasWorkspace?

 

Brother CanvasWorkspace allows you to turn digital images into cut files. Your image’s format does not matter, as long as you use the Image Tracing tool before cutting it. By tracing your designs, you are telling the software which lines need to be cut. Therefore, you are turning your previous design into a cut file.

As you’ll see later in this post, CanvasWorkspace allows two types of tracing. You can trace your designs by outline, or by color. If you want to cut out your design as a single layer, choose the outline tracing. If you want to generate several layers, you’ll have to trace by color.

 

Can I turn PNG and JPG files into cut files in CanvasWorkspace?

 

Yes! You can turn both PNG and JPG files into cut files in CanvasWorkspace. Tracing these images is essential to get the right results.

 

How to trace images in CanvasWorkspace?

 

Tracing images in CanvasWorkspace is straightforward! Follow these steps and learn how to do it.

To start, hit the “Image Tracing” icon. You can find it at the Object Mode bar, on the left side of your screen. We’ve highlighted it for you in the image below.

 

how to use image tracing in canvas workspace
You can download CanvasWorkspace for free here.

 

A new window will pop up on your screen. The program will ask you to search for a file that you want to trace.

It’s important to bear in mind that some images can not be traced well. To guarantee the best results, your image needs to be more than 300 pixels by 300 pixels. The image size must be smaller than 5MB. If the image has tiny parts or pieces, some cutting lines might be missing.

You can either use a local image from your computer or scan an image with your ScanNCut machine.

 

how to use image tracing in canvas workspace

 

A new window will appear on your canvas. Here, you’ll see your local image and some tracing options.

 

how to use image tracing in canvas workspace
You can find this sweet owl design here.

 

First, adjust the crop size to the area of the image that you want to trace. Move the blue box around the image to do this.

 

how to use image tracing in canvas workspace

 

By default, CanvasWorkspace will trace the outline of the figure. To change this, click the small arrow on the right side of this option. You’ll see a dropdown menu. Here, you can choose to trace your image by color.

 

how to use image tracing in canvas workspace

 

If you want to cut your design as a monochrome layer, choose to trace the outline. If you prefer to cut your design by layers and use different colors, choose to trace by color.

 

how to use image tracing in canvas workspace

 

If you are tracing your image by color, adjust the number of colors for a better result.

If you want to include the background in your tracing, check the box beside the “Include Background Outline” option.

 

how to use image tracing in canvas workspace

 

And that’s it! Your image is traced and ready to cut.

 

We hope you have found our advice insightful. Have fun tracing images with Brother CanvasWorkspace!

 

 

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