What's the difference between vector and raster graphics?

Vector graphics are created from a mathematical formula using paths of precise points, lines, curves, and shapes that can be scaled to any size. File types include .svg, .pdf, .eps, .cdr, .ai, and .ps.

Raster graphics (also called bitmaps) are created from a grid of pixels that each have a specific color value and cannot be enlarged wihout losing quality. File types include .png, .jpg, .gif, .tif, and .psd.

Vector Vs Raster Graphics

When to use Vector Graphics

Vector graphics are the ideal file for printing because they can be used at any size without losing quality. This makes them perfect for logos and designs that need to be printed with details that won't get blurry when enlarged. For screen printed designs all artwork must be converted to vector format unless its being printed with a specialty process known as simulated process. If your artwork is not in vector format don't worry, our graphics team will convert your graphics into vector format for free! This ensures that your artwork is reproduced with the highest possible quality. 

When to Use Raster Graphics

Raster graphics are best for photographs and other artwork with a lot of colors and shading. For digital printing raster graphics are great and can be printed with a high level of detail as long as the artwork is large enough. The ideal size for a quality print is 300 dpi (dots per inch) or ppi (pixels per inch) at the actual size of the print. While its still possible to get a reasonable quality print at 150 dpi we recommend using one of the many free graphic upscalers available online for free if you want to make sure your print is as detailed as possible  

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