How to Convert TIF to DWG


The Tagged Image File Format (.TIFF/.TIF) is a raster-based image format created in 1992 by Adobe. Raster-based graphics are created by coloring pixels in a document to create an image. When raster graphics are enlarged above the resolution of their standard size they will become distorted or pixilated. The drawing (.DWG) file format is a vector-based image format originally developed in the late '70s for use with Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software. To convert between a raster graphic and a vector graphic, tracing conversion software must be used.

Convert Using MagicTracer

  • Download, install and open the trial version of MagicTracer (link provided in Resources below, click “Download MagicTracer”).

  • Click “File” then “Open Image.” Locate and select your .TIFF file and click “Open.”

  • Click “Raster” then “Linear Edge” to optimize the image for conversion. Click “Vector” the “Vector Convert.” Click “OK” then “OK” again for both options windows (these can be left as default for a simple conversion).

  • Click “File” then “Save Vector File” and choose “.dwg” from the file type drop-down menu.

Convert Using VectorNow

  • Download, install and open the trial version of VectorNow (link provided in Resources below, click “Download Free Trial”).

  • Click the “…” button next to “Input Image File:” then locate and select your .TIFF file.

  • Select “DWG” from the “Output Type:” drop-down menu.

  • Click the “…” button next to “Output File:” to choose a folder for the conversion.

  • Click “Convert” to convert the file.

Convert Using WinTopo Raster to Vector Converter

  • Download, install and open WinTopo Raster to Vector Converter (link provided in Resources below, fill out the form with personal details and select “WinTopo Freeware”).

  • Click “File” then “Open” and locate your .TIFF file.

  • Click the “One Touch Vectorisation” button (the finger pushing down onto a blue square).

  • Click “File” then “Save As” and choose .dwg from the file extension list. Click “Save” to export your vectorized image.

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