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What is Vector Art and Why Do You need It ?

Vector art is a term that describes artwork created using a vector illustration software programs, such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw. These programs use mathematic equations (which create points) to create art that is clean, camera ready, and can be scaled infinitely, without any loss of quality. Art that is created in Photoshop or any other program is not vector art it is bitmap or raster art. Raster art is pixel-based art which is why it can get jaggy or bitmapped when you enlarge it. 


There are two main reasons you need a vector file.

1.  It is scalable so you can make 1" or 1000' (or more) and it will not loose any quality.

2.  It can be manipulated - ex. you can change the color


Think of vector art as pieces of paper stacked up on each other creating a design vs. a photo. You can remove one of the layers of the colored paper or take it out and replace it with another color. You cannot manipulate the photo in any way. It is a flat image.


When you are printing on paper, a high resolution image is fine to work with.

For screen printing, promotional items or signs, you need a vector file.


If you don't have a vector version your logo (or other art you may need) simply send it to us an we will send you a quote to vector it for you. The price will depend on the complexity and quality of the artwork you send, because we will have to recreate it.


See the comparison photos.

• The left photos shows a low resolution raster jpg file vs a vector design 

• The right photo shows the points, As you can see in the raster jpg file there are only 4 points so you can only adjust the size of the design. In the vector file, there are hundreds of points - each one can be adjusted and the color can be changed.  

• The bottom photos shows the high resolution jpg file and the vector file in a 300% zoom, you will see the jagged edges on the raster vs the clean edges on the vector. The vector image will remain that clean and crisp no matter how large you make it.


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FAQ's

Can I save my image file as an .eps to make it vector?
No, that just makes it an image file with a .eps extension. The only way to make a vector file is to "draw" it in an illustration program.


What extension does a vector file have?  
A vector file can have a .ai, .eps, .crd or even .pdf extension. If the extensions .jpg, .tif, .png, .psd or .gif it is definitely not a vector file. But, remember, it is not the extension that makes it vector, it is how it was created. Just because it is a .eps file does not mean it is vector.


How long will it take to vector my artwork?
Depending on the complexity of your logo, it will only take a few days to get you the completed file. If you need it sooner, let us know.