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Vector vs. Raster: What’s the Difference?


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Vector vs. Raster? Which one is best? It has a lot to do with how the image will be used. When creating high-resolution graphics, you do want the best files for your project. Use this simple guide to help you choose the right files to send. Have a question? Ask us here.

What is the difference between raster and vector?

Raster graphics, which are composed of colored pixels arranged to display an image, vector graphics are made up of paths, each with a mathematical formula (vector) that tells the path how it is shaped.

What is vector art used for?

Vector graphics allow creatives to build high-quality works of art, with clean lines and shapes that can be scaled to any size. Vector graphics are great for simplistic, or geometrical images such as logos, icons, illustrations, graphs, and typography. They scale incredibly well and have a very small file size.

What is the meaning of raster image?

Raster graphics, also called bitmap graphics, a type of digital image that uses tiny rectangular pixels, or picture elements, arranged in a grid formation to represent an image.

What are raster images used for?

Raster is good for photographs. 

What are the advantages of raster graphics?

Raster graphics are great when creating rich and detailed images. Every pixel in a raster image can be a different color creating a complex image with all kinds of color and variations.

Can raster images be converted to vector?

A raster graphic, which is made up of a specific number of pixels cannot be translated into a vector graphic, an image made up of paths


.jpg    Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG)            

.png    Portable Network Graphics (PNG)

.gif    Graphics Interchange Format (GIF)            

.tiff    Tagged Image File Format (TIFF)            

.psd    Adobe Photoshop File       

.pdf    Portable Document Format (PDF)*             



.eps    Encapsulated PostScript File (EPS)            

.svg    Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)            

.ai    Adobe Illustrator File  

.pdf    Portable Document Format (PDF)*          

Download our free Vector vs. Raster Guide here.

*Any of the above file types can be exported to a pdf format, so these files can be either vector or raster or a combination of the two.