VectorizationVectorisation is the process of attempting to convert from a bitmap representation of a graphic, to a vector representation.
The difficulty with vectorisation is that bitmap representations are simply a grid of pixels with no intelligence (There is nothing in the data which says these pixel form this line, that those pixels form this circle, etc.).
As a result of this difficulty, most fully automatic vectorisation software has to try to make guesses about how to vectorise the bitmap, and may produce less than ideal results. An alternative to a fully automatic process is for some level of input from the user, and when vectorisation is performed this way, sometimes quite remarkable results can be achieved (for example: Corel PowerTRACE - which is included with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite).
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