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Let's talk about vector art!

Updated: Jul 10

Are you an artist trying to go digital? Or need an existing design turned into vector?

It's not super easy to understand all the working image and design formats we use but if it's a vector you need, I may be able to help!


The two main types of image formats are RASTER (also called bitmap) and VECTOR.

The main difference between vector and raster graphics is that raster graphics are composed of pixels, while vector graphics are composed of paths. A raster graphic, such as a gif or jpeg, is an array of pixels of various colours, which together form an image.




So why use vector?

Vector images are the No. 1 option when designing or creating a logo or illustration. Because of the way images are created and saved, you will have more flexibility, easily make changes and be able to use your image at a variety of sizes. Vector based designs are required by people like printers for this reason.


Raster images are generally photographic images which therefore can not be vector based.




Turning your art into vector art

If you have a hand drawn image or painting and want to make it vector - how do you do it?

Well the first question actually would be why would you need to do this?

This would be to transfer that image to be used digitally - create branding with it, design clothes with it or use on a website maybe...

You can just take a photograph of your design but that would then be a RASTER so will not be as flexible to edit with and in some cases can't be enlarged. So what we do is transfer that photo to our vector based software and trace it in some way or form to become vector based so it will now be editable points opposed to pixels.


See below example;

Photo of a hand drawn image - then auto traced and coloured using vector based software.




If you have some art you would like to turn vector hit me up at info@heyrubydesign.com








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