Vector layer

The shapes in the above screenshot are rendered with the vector layer. The template can be downloaded from the community.

What can I do with the vector layer?

With the vector layer you can render vectors shapes.


How do I create a vector layer?

Choose LAYER > Add layer > Add vector layer... to create a new vector layer.

Choose LAYER > Attach layer > Attach vector to active layer... to attach a new vector layer to the active layer.

The new vector layer can be selected from the layers dropdown to make it the active layer.

Examples

The installer comes with shows demonstrating the possibilities of the vector layer. Choose FILE > Open show... and select a show from the BluffTitler/Media/Shows/Vector folder.

To quickly switch between your own shows and the ones that come with the installer, click on the Personal and App buttons in the upper right corner of the file dialog.

Text layer

The vector layer has the same interface and features as the text layer. The vector file is treated as a font with only a single glyph.

Use the Characters property to set the number of times the vector shape must be rendered.

For more information see the text layer.

How do I use another vector file?

Choose MEDIA > Change vector... or click on the Change vector... button.

Limitations

BluffTitler only accepts vector files built out of lines and curves from uncompressed, unoptimized EPS files.

Only the vector shape is imported. All other info, including bitmap data is ignored.

Vector editing apps

Bixelangelo

Bixelangelo is a simple, easy to use vector editing app designed for BluffTitler.

Affinity Designer

Affinity Designer can be used to create EPS files for use in BluffTitler.

Vector Magic

Vector Magic is another vector editing app that works great.

Adobe Illustrator

When exporting as EPS from Adobe Illustrator, use the following settings:

  • Version 8 EPS
  • No preview
  • Untick all options
  • Postscript language level 2

Bitmap tracers

A tracer converts a bitmap, like a BMP or PNG file, into a vector file.

Traced picture layer

BluffTitler has a built-in bitmap tracer. Learn more

Bixelangelo

Bixelangelo is a simple, easy to use vector editing app designed for BluffTitler. It can also trace bitmaps.

Potrace

Potrace is an excellent tracer. To create an EPS file that BluffTitler can handle, use the -c and -q options. For example to convert X:\test.bmp to X:\test.eps type the following from the command prompt:

potrace -c -q X:\test.bmp

Make sure your bitmap is a black logo on a white background.

You can instruct Potrace to generate less curves with the a command line option:

potrace -c -q -a 0.7 X:\test.bmp