When it comes to editing vector graphics, you’ll need to start with a vector file or create a vector file from a raster graphic file. A vector graphics editor can help you achieve both making edits to other files or creating a new vector file from an image. There are several editing programs available to work with vector graphics. These editing programs often are able to work with several file types. When you save a file in a vector editor, it often changes to a raster graphic (also known as a bitmap) – one that is bound to a certain number of pixels. When you work with a raster graphic, you can end up with blurry images.
A vector is distinct from a JPG or PNG file because a vector file saves the information your eye sees as a bunch of mathematical formulas. This means that the image can be scaled without losing clarity. No more fuzzy images as you scale up and down!
It is possible to convert an image file to a vector file. To achieve this, you can save your file as a vector in most graphics editing programs. The most common file extensions for vectors are AI, PDF, SVG and EPS. However, if the original image is low quality, converting to a vector won’t help with any issues when scaling. Starting with a vector file is the best choice when editing vector graphics; however, a high-quality image that is then converted is a good second choice.
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