Vector Art Service

There is a saying that an image is worth a thousand words. If this rings a bell in your mind probably, you are aware of the importance of vector art service for your business.

But what’s vector art?

Also known as “draw graphics” vector graphics definition is overly complicated, but in simple words,Vector art is type graphic that uses complex mathematical algorithms allowing images to be modified without loss of original quality and resolution. Vector images are easy to rescale or resize.

Vector files are saved as drawing rather than being built with pixels. For example, when a person asks for the vector logo of your business, they’re simply asking for an Encapsulated PostScript file or EPS (.eps). Regardless of the field entertainment, education, medical, fashion, automobile, technical, etc., California Digitizing can produce high-quality vector art for your business. Quality vector arts can be used for advertising and promotional purposes.

Vector Graphic versus Bitmap Graphic

One might ask, why should I use a vector graphic when it’s much easier to create a bitmap graphic?

An image in CorelDraw, Freehand or Adobe Illustrator is vector graphic, but an image created in a computer program like Adobe Photoshop is a bitmap graphic. While a vector graphic will retain its crispness at any magnification level, a bitmap image loses its crispness and appears jagged when magnified.

Why is Vector Art Needed for Promotional Items?

You probably are wondering why we at California Digitizing are putting more emphasis on vector artwork.

But wait!

Would you want your business promotional items logos to appear blurry given the amount of time and money invested?

To persuade more customers or convert leads into customers, you will need to have the best strategies in place. While you can still use the cheap and low-resolution bitmap images- these images become pixelated and have jagged edges when enlarged and printed.

Using vector art service will get you a quality vector graphic giving your business logo the opportunity to be displayed at its finest quality.

What you didn’t know

While bitmap graphic will appear blurry and deformed when enlarged, on the other hand, the vectored image can be resized from a simple business logo and magnified to billboard dimensions without losing its original quality. This type of magnification is impossible for any bitmap graphic (.GIF, .BMP, .JPED, .JPG or .PDF)

How to tell if art is vectored

You can easily tell if your artwork has been vectored in two ways:

  • When the artwork is resized, the image won’t become distorted or jagged regardless of the size.
  • The artwork should be in EPS, AI, .FH.CDR format. However just because a file is in one of these formats does not mean that it’s true vector art. At times a person will open a raster file and re-save them in a vector file format without using vector tools. It’s important to note that only a file created using a vector editing program is genuinely vector art.

So how do you know if your artwork is a vector art file? If you’re not sure if your artwork has been vectored, you can check it out with one of our professionals, and we will be delighted to help.

Benefits of Using Vector Graphics

Vector graphics are most often used in the graphic design industry because of the capability to adjust in size without the image becoming jagged or distorted. Here are some of the benefits of using vector graphics.

Scalability

Unlike raster images, vector graphics can be easily scaled to whatever size needed without losing their quality. You can resize the image to make small for a business card or big enough for a billboard. This is why vectors are best for designing company logos or other designs that are often resized.

Any designer/company would want their designs to be scalable so that they can be used for different mediums. But there are some shortcomings as well. If you reduce the image size too much, thin finer lines will no longer be visible, but if you enlarge the image, small mistakes will be visible.


Easy to create

Drawings based on vectors are easy to create but could give you a final output that looks complex. These drawings are done using Macromedia Freehand, Adobe Illustrator, and Corel Draw. These programs are easy to use, and user-friendly hence giving you the freedom to showcase your ideas or express your creativity.

No distortion

Vector images can be easily resized without distorting them, unlike raster images that get distorted when enlarged and hence you can resize them in various sizes. Vector images retain their crispness, and no part of the images will look different even when it stretched.

Easy to re-edit

All the components in any vector art can be separately manipulated. When you edit a given section, you don’t have to repeat the whole design. You can choose the part you want to edit and edit without interfering with the whole design. This will help you save time. The design can also be edited to contain some attributes like outline, color and fill.

Best for detailed illustrations

Since vector images use lines, it’s easy to work on detailed images thus making the detailed illustration appear sharp. They are better than high-resolution photos especially if you intend to use them for demonstrations, presentations, and technical manuals.

Smaller file sizes

We all know that small file sizes are easier to transfer and even load faster if used on a website that large file sizes. It’s for this reason why some webmasters prefer to use vectors since it’s easier for you to view them without waiting for a long time for the entire image to load. Even a large vector image will still have a smaller file size compared to an image created in Adobe Photoshop with the same resolution.

When designing a website, always take into consideration the end user. If a visitor has to wait for ages just for an image to load, you will lose much traffic on your website. This is the last thing you would want as a webmaster. Image downloading and uploading is a critical issue especially when developing a website. Vector images are small and hence will load fast hence making you retain more users on your website.

Aesthetically Pleasing

The lines on vector graphics look fine and details even clearer. That’s why logos always look great regardless of how large or small it’s used because they are vector images. Try changing the sizes of a bitmap image, and it would almost be impossible to decipher the contents of the image if you make it so big or so small. But that won’t happen in a vector graphic because everything will still be clear.

Conversion: From Raster to Vector art

The conversion of raster graphics to vector art is known as vectorization. An image does not have specific structure but it’s instead just a collection of marks on pixels in a bitmap, on grains in film or on paper. But such images become jagged or fuzzy when magnified. However, when an image is converted into a vector image, it does not have scalability problems.

Modern printers and displays are raster devices. Therefore vector art has to be converted to raster before they can be printed or displayed. However, the size of the raster-format file created by the conversion of a vector file will be determined by the resolution needed, but the size of the vector art generating the raster file remains the same.

It is therefore easy converting a vector file to raster files of different sizes, and the vice versa is true. Additionally, it might be convenient to save a vector graphic as a raster/bitmap format because computers have different vector formats and others might be incompatible.

But once the file is converted from vector format, it loses the advantage of scalability. Additionally, it will also be impossible to edit the individual parts of the image.

Conversion: From Vector Art to Raster

The process of converting an image described in vector graphics and converting it into a raster image is known as rasterization. This is the most common technique for generating real-time 3-Dimensional computer graphics. Compared to other rendering methods rasterization is a very fast technique.

The downsides of using vector images

  1. Vector images are not suitable for encoding videos or pictures taken in the “real world” even though some vector formats support mixed composition. All digital cameras capture images in the bitmap.
  2. A powerful machine must first process the data used to describe vector images. The computer used must be powerful enough to perform the required calculations for processing the final image.
  3. Another shortcoming with vector images is that even small errors are often visible when the images are enlarged to a specific This can affect the quality of the images, mainly when used for animation purposes.

Vector Art Service at California Digitizing

Type of files we can vectorize

As long as we can see the raster image, we can vectorize it too! Bmp, pdf, jpg, pub, gif, tiff, pct, PSD, and more. Additionally, we can create a vector image even from a scanned sketch- send us an email, and we’ll reply with a quote.

How is vectorization done at California Digitizing

There are two alternative methods we use; we can either us an automated tracing tool, manually draw in vector format or use a combination of the two techniques. Vector output such as EP, AI, CDR, PDF and more are suitable for specialty and commercial printers, website use, engraves, for billboards, signs & banners and more. Therefore make sure when you place the order you specify why you need the file for so that it can be prepared accordingly.

Why convert raster to vector?

Vector art is resolution independent. The files can be used even at the highest resolution possible. This means that a vector image can be printed at 600 dots per inch and also at 1200 dots per inch while maintaining its original quality. On the other hand, the resolution of a raster image, however, is limited to the number of pixels on the file.

Vector is scalable. Any vector file can be enlarged to whatever size without losing its original quality. On the other hand, raster images are only made up of pixels and cannot be scaled up without losing their quality. Raster images appear jagged when enlarged. Vectors are not made up of pixels, they comprise objects based on mathematical algorithms, and hence their quality is not affected when the image is enlarged.

With a vector file, you can quickly cut down the number of printing colors and printing costs. Reducing the number that the printer will need to produce your image will subsequently cut down on the printing costs.

Companies require vector art. Many sign companies, screen, engravers and specialty printers opt for vector art for their operations. Some processes such as vinyl cutting for signs and engraving must use vector art service because the equipment used in the process is guided by a path that’s only present in vector files. Vector files can produce many distinct file formats. This means that the files can be saved and exported in different formats including PNG, TIF, JPG, EPS, CDR, PDF, AI and more.


How Do I Send My Artwork?

Having trouble with your logo or any other file not being in the correct format? At California Digitizing we offer raster art to vector art conversion service that will save you both time and money.

Placing your order is a simple process. Just email us the artwork you want to be converted with detailed instructions like the size in inches or cm, placement, the file formats, and the colors. Additionally, do let us know your name, the company’s name, and full address. Your artwork will be converted to vector art by one of our professionals within 8-12 hours from the day of the email receipt. You can also request a rush service (6-8hours delivery) at no extra charge.