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ORIGINS OF THE WORD VECTOR AND HOW IT RELATES TO GRAPHIC DESIGN

21 Mar 2016
Category: Vector Art

The word vector is derived from the Latin vehere which means to convey. In the early 18th century it was used to express lines joined by fixed points. In the second half of the 20th century with the rapid technological development, the word obtained a new meaning which meant a straight line or curve used to create vector images. These were a new generation of visuals which were created with the help of special vector graphic design programs which applied graphical representation of straight lines to outline objects and shapes in the picture. The advantage is that such images never lose their quality despite of the size. This most powerful feature makes them differ from other pixel based photos and drawings. Please see an example below:


vectorized hand drawn text


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VECTORIZE SCANNED IMAGES FOR HIGH QUALITY PRINTING

01 Mar 2016
Category: Vector Art

The process of converting a scanned image to vector is called image tracing or vectorization. It is usually done by graphic designers who manually outline the shapes in an image and give them coloring and shading accordingly. Some designers who lack specific skills for vectorization use automatic tools for vectorizing their scanned images. Even though the conversion of the image with the help of automated tools is easy and quick in 98% of times it fails to produce desired quality results.


Imagine you have drawn an image on a piece of paper which you have to have scanned and then convert it into vector for high quality printing or any other use for your project. First of all you have to bear in mind that while scanning an image it is always a good idea to scan it with 300 DPI (dots per inch). Why so? Because the lower the dpi, the lower is the size of the image which effects on the quality of the picture. Thus, going for 300 dpi is a good choice and frees you from the concern that ...