How to Convert a .PNG to an .SVG

By Mark Robinson

Portable Network Graphics (.PNG) image files are commonly used in lieu of .GIF files, especially when file size and compression are important attributes to consider. The .PNG files can be converted into the Scalable Vector Graphics file format, for use in printing and animation applications. A number of applications can convert .PNG files into .SVG files. These programs include an online solution that can be used if you are away from your own computer.

Using Inkscape

Step 1

Open the Inkscape image editing program (see References). Drag and drop the .PNG file to be converted onto the canvas.

Step 2

Edit the image as needed before saving it as a .SVG file. Click File and select "Save As."

Step 3

Select "Inkscape SVG" or "Plain SVG" as the file type. Create a new name for the file and choose the destination directory for the file. Click "Save" to save the file.

Using Adobe Illustrator

Step 1

Open Adobe Illustrator (see Resources). Click "File" and select "Open" to load the .PNG file into the program. You can also drag and drop the file into the program.

Step 2

Edit the image as needed before saving it as a .SVG file. Click "File" and select "Save As."

Step 3

Create a new file name or use the existing name. Make sure the selected file type is SVG. Choose a directory and click "Save" to save the file.

Using an Online Image Converter

Step 1

Use your Web browser to navigate to the Online Image Converter (see Resources). Click the "Browse" button to load a .PNG image onto the converter, or enter the URL address of your image in the appropriate text field.

Step 2

Use the optional settings to edit and resize the image as needed. Click "Convert File" to begin the conversion process.

Step 3

Wait for the file to be processed. Click on the direct download link generated near the bottom of the page or wait for the "Opening" or "Save" dialog to pop up on-screen.