Auto trace in Moho Pro 13

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A123rick
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Auto trace in Moho Pro 13

Post by A123rick » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:22 pm

Whenever I import an image into Moho Pro 13 and go to draw as I've seen in some video tutorials there is no option to trace the image? :( what am I doing wrong? I am very new to Moho, I've selected the layer on the layers panel and gone to the draw tab but no trace image??
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Re: Auto trace in Moho Pro 13

Post by hayasidist » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:19 pm

IIRC Trace was dropped from 13 because of copyright / IPR ownership issues.
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Re: Auto trace in Moho Pro 13

Post by alanthebox » Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:41 am

You can go to View / Select Tracing Image, though. Or are we talking about different things here...?
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Re: Auto trace in Moho Pro 13

Post by Greenlaw » Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:46 pm

Different thing.

Select Tracing Image allows you to trace vector art from and image manually.

Auto-Trace allowed you to generate vector art from a bitmap image automatically.

I've never been sure what the value of importing a Tracing Image is over importing to a normal Image Layer for tracing. Tracing Image seems to more limited than an Image Layer...after importing the image, Moho pre-determines the scale and placement, and all I can do is trace it as is. With an Image Layer I'm able to transform the image, crop it, and now in 13, I can even edit/append the image in Moho before tracing it.

As for Auto-Trace, I think the implementation in Moho 12 and earlier was just ok. There are much better Auto-Trace tools in dedicated vector drawing programs. Better to do it there and import an SVG.

TBH, I would much rather see the developers work on a better Freehand tool than spend any effort on a new Auto-Trace tool.
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Re: Auto trace in Moho Pro 13

Post by Greenlaw » Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:10 pm

If you need to auto trace for Moho 13, here's a free online solution:

https://www.autotracer.org/

I tried it out with a random image from the web and imported the result to Moho. The render on the right side is the raw, unedited auto traced image.

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Considering this isn't an ideal image for auto tracing, being very low-res and having a lot of gradient colors, I think it turned out ok. I limited the colors to 16 to keep it from generating too many 'junk paths'. If I really needed this, I would find a higher res source image, apply some point reduction and tweak some vectors. The website's default SVG output settings seemed to work fine for Moho.
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