How to Convert a Photograph to a DXF File

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How to Convert a Photograph to a DXF File
Artists can digitise hard copy photos by converting them to DXF files. (photograph this !!! image by blaQ from

A DXF file is a digital image file. These files can aid in Computer-Aided Design (CAD), enabling artists to take a hard copy photograph and digitise it. These digitised files can then be elaborated, redrawn into a cartoon form or otherwise digitally modified.

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  1. 1

    Scan your hard copy photograph to your computer. Save it as a JPG file in a location you will easily remember.

  2. 2

    Download and install an image converter software (see Resources).

  3. 3

    Open your software and navigate to the upload area. Upload scanned photograph and click "Convert."

  4. 4

    Choose an output location you will remember.

  5. 5

    Use an advanced graphics editor such as Adobe Photoshop to open your newly digitised image.

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