Raster to vector file conversion software can save precious hours of your time: instead of creating a vector image from scratch, click a few buttons and let the software convert the image to DXF – in a matter of seconds! However, the quality of your output DXF file depends heavily on the input file. If you convert a poor image, you may end up spending hours afterwards tidying it up. Here are three common problems to avoid and how to troubleshoot them. This is the number one problem with converting PDFs to DXF, especially if your PDF file contains raster elements. The first thing you can do to check is to zoom into the image. Conversion software like Scan2CAD can save you a lot of time, but it really only does about 80% of the work. You’ll still have to check the image after conversion to make sure that the elements are correctly recognized. For example, a dashed line can be easily mistaken as many short lines. A sharp corner may also be converted into a smooth arc. Here’s one of our favourite tips to facilitate the tidy-up process: use grids (the keyboard shortcut is Shift+I). You’ll have to be zoomed in really close to view the grid, as each grid square is one pixel. This allows you to check whether your lines are clean, straight and so on. If you’re converting files into DXF for CNC software, learn about the limitations of the CNC cutting system (such as cut width) Selecting the right vectorization settings also goes a long way in getting a good quality conversion. If the image contains a lot of straight, orthogonal lines, choose Mechanical. If the image contains straight but non-orthogonal lines, choose Site Plan. Drawings with curvy lines suit Contour Map well, as this setting converts shapes into Bezier curves and splines. Select Outline if you want to trace the outline of a solid shape. While Scan2CAD has default settings to make the most of your image, you can help it recognize some forms better. If your drawing contains elements like dashed lines, arrows, polylines, hatches or circles, make sure these are selected in your settings. Go to Type >, Settings >, Object Identification to configure these. Related Articles: Overview of DXF Conversion Top 4 Reasons for Converting to DXF Converting Your Image to DXF How Software Converts Images to DXF Converting from PDF to DXF Source. Looking for vector maps of Germany (Deutschland Vektorkarten) for Adobe Illustrator?."