What is Vector Art?

What is Vector Art?

Vector art is created using specific software programs, such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw. These programs use geometric points, lines, and shapes to create art that is clean, camera ready, and can be scaled infinitely, without any loss of quality. A Bitmap logo or JPEG/PNG is made of pixels, which becomes very blurry and distorted as you enlarge the image.

In the demonstration below, we designed our logo using both formats and then zoomed in.

comparison of the same image done as vector vs bitmap

In the Bitmap art, the edges of the art become distorted when the picture is enlarged.

With art such as sponsor logos, we will need Vector art to achieve the proper print for your shirts.

How can you tell if your art is Vector Art? One good indicator is the file type. Vector artworks are usually created in Adobe Illustrator, and are commonly saved as specific file types. The four most common Vector file extensions are .ai, .pdf, .eps and .svg.

Unfortunately, just because a file is saved in one of these formats, does not mean that it is vector art. Sometimes, people open and re-save the file in a Vector format, without recreating the art using the vector editing tools. Only art originally created in a vector-editing program, such as Adobe Illustrator, is truly Vector Art.

Without a copy of a vector-editing program, you can’t truly verify if an image is or isn’t Vector Art. PromoSpark understands this limitation, so we provide this service, free of charge.

Author: Amy Wiehaus

Amy is a creative and good-hearted graphic design artist with big ideas and dreams.  You can bet that anything she gives her best is going to blow you away.

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