Vector Files Explained

We get asked frequently what is a vector file and why do you need it to create my design?

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Many designs we create at are for print in larger applications like a SharkSkin wrap for ATMs, Kiosk, signs or displays.  To keep the quality of the print in tact no matter the size of the print the vector file is needed.

Vector files such as AI and EPS can remain editable so you can open them back up in Illustrator and edit any text or other elements within the graphic. With images that contain text that are saved as a JPG, PNG or GIF, you would not be able to reopen and edit the text.

In addition vector files are scalable to any size without loss of resolution. Most EPS and AI files are vector files.

Here is a good in depth explanation from

Unlike JPEGs, GIFs, and BMP images, vector graphics are not made up of a grid of pixels. Instead, vector graphics are comprised of paths, which are defined by a start and end point, along with other points, curves, and angles along the way. A path can be a line, a square, a triangle, or a curvy shape. These paths can be used to create simple drawings or complex diagrams. Paths are even used to define the characters of specific typefaces.

Because vector-based images are not made up of a specific number of dots, they can be scaled to a 220px-VectorBitmapExample.svglarger size and not lose any image quality. If you blow up a raster graphic, it will look blocky, or “pixelated.” When you blow up a vector graphic, the edges of each object within the graphic stay smooth and clean. This makes vector graphics ideal for logos, which can be small enough to appear on a business card, but can also be scaled to fill a billboard. Common types of vector graphics include Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand, and EPS files. Many Flash animations also use vector graphics, since they scale better and typically take up less space than bitmap images.

It’s always a good idea to have your logo in vector format.  Graphic artists can easily convert a vector to any other format. If you have a file that is not vector and you need it converted to vector format we can help.

Hope this explanation helps!