What is the big deal with Vector files and Raster files when it comes to printing
or making a sign or banner?
Well we have all heard the old saying “Garbage In = Garbage Out”, that simply means
that if your original file is a Raster format, like a jpg, tiff, png, bmp, gif, or
similar and the overall size of your file is lets say one inch by one inch and you
want to make a 4 foot by 8 foot sign, you can guarantee that by the time your logo
file is enlarged from its original size it will be garbage and very pixelated.
On the other hand, if your original file is a “Vector” format which is a scalable
file and regardless if the original is one inch by one inch, it will enlarge crisp
and clean in perfect quality with no pixelation.
Econo Sign can print from just about any type of file, however some files are better
than others. We prefer vector files, but some high resolution bitmaps at 300dpi
are acceptable. Confused about the difference between vector and bitmap? Click
the logo from our other web site the Decal-Factory.com, these logos to the right
are a large graphical comparison between several types of decals. The three colored
decals above are the same as the three non-colored decals below but only the bottom
decals are shown in wireframe that allows you to view vector vs bitmap. The top
logo is completely vector, which allows perfect resolution and can be scaled to any
size with perfect crisp edges and no “jaggys” . The middle decal has some bitmap
elements and some vector, while the vector will remain clear the other bitmap elements
will be “jaggy” especially when enlarged. The bottom decal is completely bitmap
and may be “jaggy” especially when enlarged.
Click on image above for large view of Vector vs Bitmap comparison.
This VTC course provides an overview of the most robust and powerful open-source
vector illustration program available: Inkscape.
Inkscape is the defacto vector editing program for most GNU/Linux operating systems
and is available for Windows and Mac based systems.
In this video training course, you will learn everything you need to know about getting
started with Inkscape. This course presents a project-based approach to exploring
the Inkscape toolset (ranging from how to construct simple diagrams to more complex
traditional advertisements) that will help you learn all about Inkscape.
Let James Street be your guide as you learn to harness the power of Inkscape! Work
Files are included. To begin learning Inkscape today, simply click on one of the