I’m trying to use inkscape for the first time to create big scrabble tiles, and I am running into some issues.
First after I create the tile. I try to trace bitmap and nothing is created. So I save it as an image and open a need inkscape then trace to bitmap. In estlCAM when i open the svg I get the image below. The lines do not look straight are as crisp as I would like. Am I missing a step?
Part of that is just inkscape doing its best. You might be able to get better results by playing with the options in trace bitmap. I like the ones in the bottom pane for things like this, with fewer scans.
In practice, you’ll probably want to edit the svg when you’re done by selecting the node tool and removing everything that isn’t a corner.
It’s worth considering just finding a font you like and setting that up, then using object to path. It would certainly be faster.
Bitmap images are “noisy” and, as Tony said, Inkscape does its best. For something simple like this, you may get better results if you use the bitmap as a guide, and build the vector from scratch. The rounded square is easy to draw, and for the letters numbers, you can either draw their outline manually, or find a font you like and use that instead. Just remember to convert everything from objects to paths before you save the svg.
I gave it a shot and it was pretty easy to build it from scratch in Inkscape. The image shows the original bitmap I copied from your post above and pasted into Inkscape (black, right) and the version from scratch I drew over it (red, left). Then I just moved the bitmap to the side for this screenshot, but it could just be deleted.
I think that’s the problem here. A raster image will have anti-aliased edges, so inkscape has outlined the white and black areas, with the dithered grey area in between. It works better if you can start with a vector drawing, which you can create in inkscape.
Also, I find it’s usually worth manually editing the resulting path - there are often lots of nodes you can delete to clean up the line, and sometimes there are loops or overlaps that confuse Estlcam.