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  • Mark Johnston

    June 22, 2021 at 7:43 am

    Hi all. hope you can advise me on this.

    I currently have signlab software and i use it for digitising basic graphics. however, i keep seeing folk saying they use image trace options in other software that are much cheaper than signlab and how easy they are to use. my question is, should i be looking towards another software for this feature because other than that signlab is great?

    does anyone else use signlab to digitise or does anyone have better alternatives?

    thanks for any help.


  • Jamie Wood

    June 22, 2021 at 9:55 am

    You can image trace in Illustrator, but I’m not sure if this would work out any cheaper in the long run. I think you can do it in CorelDraw as well.

  • Robert Lambie

    June 24, 2021 at 4:39 am

    I am not sure where you are having a problem with signlab with regards to digitising?
    but personally, I fond Signlab as one of the best digitising software out there. it is very simple and easy to use.

    Signlab has its own image scan/trace feature and a powerful one at that. but personally, I find on-screen manual digitising better, cleaner and overall greater results.

  • Kevin Mahoney

    June 24, 2021 at 4:58 am

    I would be inclined to agree with the manual method. Had a programme called Adobe Streamline back in the day, waste of money, never did anything that didn’t need manual adjustment

  • Mark Johnston

    June 26, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    thanks for the replies guys. I guess we might just be slow at using signlab to do this.

    i know it might be a case of “how long is a bit of string?” but when a job comes in and the artwork needs traced. do you add a basic cost or time for this type of thing, like £10 or £20?

    i have saw some vector services on the web but i can’t wait two to three days for a bit of clipart when the sign could have been done and paid for in that time. what do you do?

  • Pane Talev

    July 1, 2021 at 5:50 am

    I don’t believe in push the button tracing.

    Very VERY rarely I get good cutting results with one click trace result.

  • Simon Worrall

    July 1, 2021 at 6:06 am

    I tend to agree with Pane and others. Unless the thing you are trying to digitise is organic and accuracy is not a priority, it doesnt really take very long to manually trace the average logo and the results speak for themselves.
    In addition, there are plenty of places on the internet ( read low wage countries) who will do this job manually very well indeed for a few bucks

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 4 weeks ago by  Simon Worrall.
  • Mark Johnston

    July 2, 2021 at 10:52 am

    thanks for the replies guys and i am starting to understand it may be a bit of we need more practice at digitising stuff rather than auto tracing, but do you add a small fee or something for your time?

    thanks for the help on this.

  • Robert Lambie

    July 2, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    £10 for something that will take 5 minutes, is better than nothing.

    I would bump on £20 minimum, regardless and more if it’s something a bit more complex.

  • Karen White

    July 5, 2021 at 8:28 am

    I use signlab and i am far from a whizz at tracing artwork. but I don’t have a problem tracing some basic logos or text and applying £10 or so for my time. I just offer the extra service when I tell them I cant use their poor quality artwork file. it is up to them at that point if they want to go back and forth for the sake of a tenner or so.

  • Mark Johnston

    July 8, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Thanks Rob and Karen. Makes sense and i will charge for this with the next job and see if I get a reaction from the customer. 😬🤣

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