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JPG to Vector with live type
« on: October 04, 2011, 12:05:00 PM »
I just got a request to turn 150 scans of diagrams to vector art and have the type be live (editable). Does anybody have an easy way to do this? Here is a sample image.
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Re: JPG to Vector with live type
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2011, 12:06:11 PM »
Acrobat Pro will OCR it for you, works pretty well. Not perfect, but pretty well.
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Re: JPG to Vector with live type
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2011, 12:11:25 PM »

I just got a request to turn 150 scans of diagrams to vector art and have the type be live (editable). Does anybody have an easy way to do this? Here is a sample image.


Doing one image is not going to be "easy". Then multiply that by 150.

You can try what t-pat suggested with OCR for the text. Then use Illustrator and live trace for the images. But it's not going to "easy".
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Re: JPG to Vector with live type
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2011, 12:14:02 PM »
You mean you can't just save them as Illustrator EPS and magically turn them into vectors? Cuz that's what my customers do and they are geniuses for it.

It's going to be work, Bugs. I don't know if Vector Magic has better tools than Illy's Live Trace. You could try one and find out but it ain't free anymore.
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Re: JPG to Vector with live type
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2011, 12:17:35 PM »
make it into a 150 page pdf and ocr it via acrobat. Easy enough. Hard part will be going through it and proof reading/correcting it. You'll need other tools, of course.

I'm not sure the OP wants to "Live Trace" it as then it would not be editable type, it would just be vectors.
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Re: JPG to Vector with live type
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2011, 12:30:59 PM »
Vector Magic will work for the image part, but with that shading, you would need to add gradients or something.
The text would just be "outlined" and would need to re-typed.

So, generally about a 150 hours of work @ $$$$$$$$$

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Re: JPG to Vector with live type
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2011, 12:33:58 PM »
ahem... OCR
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Re: JPG to Vector with live type
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2011, 12:48:54 PM »
Can you redraw the line art in Illy, and then make it an editable PDF form or use PDFLib blocks?
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Re: JPG to Vector with live type
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2011, 12:50:48 PM »

make it into a 150 page pdf and ocr it via acrobat. Easy enough. Hard part will be going through it and proof reading/correcting it. You'll need other tools, of course.

I'm not sure the OP wants to "Live Trace" it as then it would not be editable type, it would just be vectors.


I think the OP wants both vector images and editable text.
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Re: JPG to Vector with live type
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2011, 01:03:08 PM »
Tried live trace and it was kinda crappy. I told my boss that each one will be an hour. That way if I have to do it all by hand we wont lose money. Some are allot less work.
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Re: JPG to Vector with live type
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2011, 01:05:03 PM »
You'd probably have an "easier" time locating the original files. Just give them a quote and see if they magically appear. Cause that's going to be a lot of work. I would scan them in as Line Art and Live Trace in Illy and if not much text, just retype it.
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Re: JPG to Vector with live type
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2011, 01:07:50 PM »
We charge $45 per hour (which is cheap) x 150 = $6,750! Any of my customers would keel over at that price for "prepress" work. :laugh:
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Re: JPG to Vector with live type
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2011, 01:09:32 PM »
problem is it's out of an old book. Looks looks like camera art.
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Re: JPG to Vector with live type
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2011, 01:09:57 PM »
We are at $60 hr
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Re: JPG to Vector with live type
« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2011, 01:11:27 PM »
$45 an hour! You are a cheap whore. Wow, that is cheap.  :laugh:
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