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For Confused Minds: What Are Vector Graphics?

Discussion in 'Web Design Forum' started by Jonathan Hue, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. Jonathan Hue

    Jonathan Hue New Member

    Hello Everybody

    It has been a long time since i discussed about various graphic design components. Below im defining "What Vector Graphics Are?, What Are There Specifications and Other Stuff Related To Them." I'm sure the information provided will help the newbies and moderates in acquiring and refreshing their design knowledge and expertise.

    Vector graphics are based on mathematical definitions. These graphics are built of various small points which combine to make curves and lines. There are a few points known as Bezier curves which connect the control points. Designers generally prefer to use this program because it gives the best and crisp graphics.

    Some of the feature of Vector graphics are as follows:

    1. Small Size (because they contain only the data that makes Bezier curves and points)
    2. Stored in EPS-file format
    3. Scale without loss of Quality (can be scaled upto 20%)

    The Programs and Applications which handle Vector Graphics:

    1. Adobe Illustrator
    2. Corel Draw
    3. Macromedia Freehand

    Vector Graphics vs Bitmap Graphics
    1. Vector Gs are more flexible than Bitmap Gs
    2. Quality is awesome as Vector Gs are high resolution centric
    3. Best print quality
    4. Vector Gs are made up of Paths while Bitmaps are made up pf Pixels
    5. Bitmap Gs are used for Photography while Vector Gs for Illustrations

    Popular Jargons :

    BMP: Bitmap
    JPEG: Joint Photographic Experts Group
    GIF: Graphic Interchange Format
    PNG: Portable Network Graphics
    DIP: Device-Independent Bitmap
    TIFF: Tagged Image File Format
    PSD: PhotoShop Document
    TARGA: Truevision Advanced Raster Graphics Adapter

    I hope this preliminary info would add some power to your knowledge base. Any thoughts are most welcome! :)

    Thank you
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2007
  2. MickeyFinn

    MickeyFinn Administrator

    Cracking post! Cheers Jonathan :)
  3. glebe digital

    glebe digital Member

    Boo to vector graphics! :mad:

    The bitmap is King! :D
  4. MickeyFinn

    MickeyFinn Administrator

    Why? Would rather have the vector. When a client sends me a tiny gif of thier logo for use on thier web sites I cry :(
  5. glebe digital

    glebe digital Member

    :D I hear you......and I've been there. ;)
    But c'mon.......can vector gfx compete on anything other than ease of use?
    When corporate clients ask me to work up a logo for them, they're expecting a 900MB tiff file, full of shine and 24-bit graduation........the only time I use vectors is for importing text and elements, never on the final image.

    Horray for bitmaps and down with the knaves of vectordom! :p
  6. MickeyFinn

    MickeyFinn Administrator

    Depends what the client wants to use the logo for!

    If you are the bugger that supplied my client who wanted to do a nice glossy magazine advert but was only supplied with a 600 x 400 pixel 72dpi jpg then I will slap you :D

    If they want a vector image then can't you just save your bitmap as an EPS from Photoshop just so they think the content might be a vector?
  7. glebe digital

    glebe digital Member

    I swear it wasn't me mickey. :D
  8. Jonathan Hue

    Jonathan Hue New Member


    The way you are portraying your client's humungous requirements, where do you get all that space by the way? just a joke! :D

    I agree with Mickey that it all depends on the people you are serving. The tech is changing and it is VECTORIAN WORLD now! its the matter or why, what, how and when. My designers play with different forms when it comes to graphics or the mockups.

    Small and elaborate!

    Thank you
  9. glebe digital

    glebe digital Member

    Yep, there are many niche areas in the CG world........all are equally valid, I was just having a bit of fun. ;)

    Most of my work is animation [in tv-res letterbox] so for me, 442k pixels is where my bread and butter lies.

    Good luck :)
  10. zwinmore

    zwinmore New Member

    Let thy Vector live and Prosper

    I amagine Spork twitching his eyebrow and saying, "But captain, this is very fascinating line. it is small in size and can suit most design needs."
  11. MickeyMac

    MickeyMac New Member

    I always think it's good to have the basic shapes and outline of a logo saved as a vector...that way, if the company get back to you and want an a3 poster instead of a business card...you can enlarge!

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