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Using Centerline Tracing

The Centerline Trace tool traces a single line down the middle of each part of a bitmap, and includes an option to outline any areas that are wider than a specified width. This tool is useful for producing neon patterns, and routing and engraving paths.

Only black and white bitmaps can be traced using Centerline trace.


Paths created in Centerline tracing

In the Centerline and Autotrace tabs of DesignCentral, adjust the following parameters:


Specifies the minimum size to be outlined.

Close Paths

When selected, creates a separate closed shape in each fully enclosed area.

Outline large objects

When selected, traces larger objects with an outline instead of a centerline.


Specifies the color of the resulting vector objects.

  1. From the Main toolbar, select Centerline Trace tool.
  2. Adjust the tracing parameters in the DesignCentral - Centerline and Autotrace tabs.
  3. To trace the entire bitmap or parts of it:

See Also

Tracing Bitmaps

Using Autotrace

Using Picture Cut Tracing

Using Color Tracing