How to convert images to vector files

Converting images to vector files can be incredibly helpful when you’re looking to scale images. The majority of images are bitmap images such as .JPEG or .PNG. This means that each image is made up of pixels of different colors. They are inherently resolution-dependent, as they are made up of individual pixels or “points” of color. Making the image smaller removes pixels, while making the image larger creates a visual gradient and jagged edges to the image.

Vector images, in contrast, are path-based. Every vector image is made up of a set of equations, so it is easy to scale. Vector images are resolution-independent. Unfortunately, since they are made up of equations, they will never look like realistic photos. They simply have a different use case than bitmap images, and are more often used for logos and other non-realistic applications.

You can convert a bitmap image to a vector format using both Photoshop and Illustrator. You can also use some applications available on the Internet to convert an image. In particular, vectorizing images with Illustrator is very straightforward, since vector images are Illustrators native format.

Converting images to vector files can be very helpful when you’re looking to easily scale your brand logo or related images. If you’re trying to choose a new logo or other image that needs to be vectorized, check out our library of stock vector images and royalty free vectors.


Need vectors for a project?
We’ve curated images for every occasion. Find your perfect shots now.
View Collections
  • Was this article helpful?

Can’t find what you’re looking for?