Convert a blurry JPEG to a vector by running an image editing program’s “Unsharp” mask on the JPEG and then using the drawing tool of a vector graphics program to trace the sharpened JPEG. The tracing may take some time, especially if the JPEG has many color shapes. However, you can choose to omit detail as you trace and create vectors only of the JPEG’s essential elements. Doing so not only saves time but also may correct flaws with the JPEG, such as distracting background imagery.
Photoscape and Google Docs
1. Download, install and run Photoscape.
2. Click the “Editor” label to enter editing mode; then use the navigation controls at the left of the screen to navigate to a blurry JPEG on your PC.
3. Click the “Tools” tab and then click the “Sharpen” button.
4. Click the bottom panel’s “Save” button to save your changes.
5. Open the Google Docs homepage in your Web browser and then click the “Create” button on the page’s left pane. Click “Drawing” to start a new vector drawing.
6. Click the “Insert” command’s “Image” item and then navigate to and double click the JPEG image you edited in Step 4. Google will load the JPEG.
7. Click the toolbar icon shaped like two ovals and then click the “Scribble” item. Drag over the JPEG to trace it.
8. Click the toolbar icon shaped like a paint bucket and then click a color that matches the color of the JPEG shape you traced. The shape will fill with the color you chose.
9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 to create vectors from the remaining shapes in the JPEG.
GIMP with Inkscape
10. Click “File” and then “Open” command; then navigate to and double click a JPEG file you want to convert to a vector.
11. Click the “Filter” menu’s “Unsharp” command and then drag the “Amount” slider to its rightmost position to remove as much blurriness as possible.
12. Press “Control” and “S” to save the file and then open Inkscape.
13. Click the “Tools” panel icon shaped like a nib pen to run the vector-drawing tool and then click a point on the outline of a JPEG color shape.
14. Drag the mouse around the shape’s outline to trace the outline.
15. Click the “Fill” panel in the application window’s right pane and then click the eyedropper icon from the “Tools” panel. Click inside the color shape you just traced to color the shape.
16. Repeat steps 4 through 6 for the remaining shapes in the JPEG to complete the conversion to a vector image.
17.Click “File” and then “Open”; then navigate to and double click a blurry JPEG.
18. Click “Filter” and then “Unsharp” command; then drag the “Amount” slider all the way to the right to sharpen the JPEG.
19. Click the “Tools” panel icon shaped like a pen and then drag the mouse around the outline of a shape in the JPEG.
20. Click the eyedropper icon from the “Tools” panel and then click the JPEG shape you just traced around to fill your vector shape with the color from the JPEG shape.
21. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the remaining color shapes in the JPEG.
22. Click “File” and then “Save as”; then click the “PDF” type in the “Type” drop-down list.
23. Type a file name in the “File name” text box and then click “Save” to complete the conversion to a vector.