How to define vector graphics

The definition of vector graphics is a digital illustration made up of mathematical equations. Vector graphics are easily editable and infinitely scalable, making them the perfect fit for brand logos and other creative projects. With a vector graphic, you can quickly change the color, edit text, change the form, and more with a graphics editor like Adobe Illustrator.

Vector graphics differ from bitmap images in three distinct ways. First, they are resolution-independent. Bitmap images, which rely on pixels, are resolution-dependent and not easily scalable. Vector graphics, due to their path and point-based nature, can be scaled to any size easily. Second, vector graphics are easily editable. You can change the color, size, or shape of a vector graphic simply with Adobe Illustrator or an alternative graphics editor. Third, vector graphics are a much smaller file size than bitmap images. Since they don’t have pixels to store, they take up a lot less space than the alternative.

Vector images can’t be opened with all graphics programs. Adobe Illustrator is a great tool to edit vector graphics. All Shutterstock vectors are compatible with Adobe Illustrator and most graphics editing programs in an EPS format.

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