What is a Vector Image?

Unless you are a graphic designer yourself, you may not know what a Vector image is. In order to describe what a Vector image is, we must first describe it’s counterpart, a Raster image.

Please read below to find out more.


Raster Images

A Raster image is made up hundreds (or even thousands) of tiny dots of color, called pixels.
Photographs are the most common type of Raster image.
With Raster images, what you see is what you get. To make your image larger, the pixels get blown up past their usual size. This distorts the pixels, which makes the whole image blurry.

We can use Raster images for DTG Printing and Embroidery, if the quality is good.
In fact, DTG Printing works great with things like photographs and drawings! But if your image file is a smaller size than you want it as a print, resizing it may affect the quality.

If your image ends in one of these file types, you can be sure it is a Raster!

Vector Images

A Vector image is made up of mathematical points and curves.
Common examples of Vector images are fonts and logos.
They are widely used for logos because Vector images are infinitely scaleable. This means you can make your image infinitely bigger without loosing any quality. You can resize it from the size of a business card to billboard size and it will look just as crisp.

We require Vector images for Screen-Printing and Heat Transfers.
We can also use them for DTG Printing and Embroidery, though it is not required.

Here are the most common Vector file types.
**Note: Even if your art is the correct file type, it may not actually be a Vector. It is possible for Raster images to be saved as .PDF or .EPS

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