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Vector vs. Raster Graphics
Last Updated: 08/15/2016

Which programs can I use to create Vector files?

Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW are considered industry leading editors, and in our experience work well for creating Vector files.

You can find more programs and information on Wikipedia:


What is the difference between a Vector and Raster (bitmap) image?

From Gizmos Freeware:

Vector graphics use geometrical objects including points, lines, curves, circles or other shapes to form an image. The alternative is bitmap or raster graphics which are a map of bits, i.e. dots or pixels.

Unlike bitmap graphics, vector graphics vector graphics are scalable without losing any resolution. So if I double the size of a vector image then it does not lose sharpness or clarity. But if I were to double the size of a bitmap then I will lose sharpness as the individual bits or pixels become more visible. Example:


Vector-based computer graphics are heavily used in industries that need precise designs: web design, CGI, engineering, construction, manufacturing, and science.


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