Raster vs. Vector – What’s the difference?

Raster vs. Vector – What’s the difference?


There are two types of digital
artwork– raster images and vector images. Both have their own advantages,
and both can be used for print. So what’s the difference? Raster images, also
known as bitmap images, are made up of a
bunch of tiny pixels. From a distance, these
pixels blend together to form a clear image. Raster images have no limit
to how detailed or complex they can be, but as
you begin to scale the image beyond
its original size, you may notice a
drop in quality. Photographs are the most
common type of raster image. The most common file
extensions for raster images are JPG, PNG, GIF, and PSD. And the most popular tool for
creating and editing raster images is Adobe Photoshop. Vector images are made up of
different mathematical paths. This means that there
are relatively simple and are somewhat limited in the
amount of details and effects you can include. But unlike raster
images, vector images can be enlarged infinitely,
and they will never lose their quality. Logos and text are the most
common type of vector image. The most common file
extension for vector images are EPS, AI, PDF, and SVG. And the most popular tool for
creating and editing vector images is Adobe Illustrator. When it comes to printing, it’s
best to provide a vector image. But if a vector image
is not available, you should try to provide
the highest quality version of your raster image
that you have available. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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