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    Default help needed: what are 'vectors' in graphic design?

    the question is as stated in the title. just wondering what are those so called 'vectors'? and how do you create them? tia.

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    Default Re: help needed: what are 'vectors' in graphic design?

    You can get better answers by googling for it, but I can try to explain in layman terms..

    Vector graphics are created by applications like Inkscape, Adobe illustrator, Freehand and Flash. As opposed to Raster graphics (like the many beautiful JPEGs u see in Clubsnap) which are made up of pixels, vector images are made up of mathematical data (vectors). A rendering engine (e.g flash player, adobe acrobat, etc) will used this data to display them as graphics proper.

    Vector editing is preferred in design and illustration because they are easier to manipulate and scale.

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    Default Re: help needed: what are 'vectors' in graphic design?

    Vector contains the embeded info for the direction and not just dimension. Compare to just lines with just dimension information. So CAD/design software is able to manupulate it better. All CAD software lines are vectors - a pre-requisite.

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    Default Re: help needed: what are 'vectors' in graphic design?

    Adobe illustrator and macromedia Freehand are the more popular vector drawing applications
    for graphic design

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    Default Re: help needed: what are 'vectors' in graphic design?

    Bingo..

    Quote Originally Posted by ibs
    You can get better answers by googling for it, but I can try to explain in layman terms..

    Vector graphics are created by applications like Inkscape, Adobe illustrator, Freehand and Flash. As opposed to Raster graphics (like the many beautiful JPEGs u see in Clubsnap) which are made up of pixels, vector images are made up of mathematical data (vectors). A rendering engine (e.g flash player, adobe acrobat, etc) will used this data to display them as graphics proper.

    Vector editing is preferred in design and illustration because they are easier to manipulate and scale.

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