Why You Should Use Vector Graphics Within Your Next Web Design Project
This article is a collection of reasons for why its beneficial to use vector graphics within your designs, and why vector graphics should not be overlooked and to encourage designers to used vectors within their next design project. Thiers a long list of benefits which come with using vector graphics which will be discussed within the article.
Vector graphics work well in web, because vector files are of a small file size meaning vector graphics will take less than few minuets to load within websites or web applications. Vector files are also beneficial being a small file sizes. because transferring files of vector designs wont be too time consuming, because they are of a small size. Vector files are based on complexity rather than size or color which rasterisized graphics are based on.
Vector drawings are scalable
This could be the greatest advantage of vector graphics and reason to use it for NATIVE RESPONSIVE DESIGN. They can be scaled to whatever size you want without losing the quality. You can make it small for a letter hand or huge for a billboard. This is the reason why they are ideal for designing company logos and other designs that are most often resized. A designer would always want his design to be scalable so that it can also be used in different mediums. That way, the design is not only limited for a single usage. You can do away with this bad thing in designing if you use vector graphics. Images can easily be enlarged without distorting them. Unlike bitmap images which become jagged when enlarged. Hence, you wouldn’t have any fear of using it in various sizes. The image remains sharp and no parts of it will look differently. When the image is stretched, it doesn’t get blurry or pixelated.
Vector and Bitmap Differences - vector images are not confined to a rectangular shape.
Facts About Vector Images
Although not as commonly used as bitmap graphics, vector graphics have a lot of virtues. Let's explore them now.
Vector images are made up of many individual, scalable objects. These objects are defined by mathematical equations rather than pixels, so they always render at the highest quality. Objects may consist of lines, curves, and shapes with editable attributes such as color, fill, and outline. Changing the attributes of a vector object does not effect the object itself. You can freely change any number of object attributes without destroying the basic object. An object can be modified not only by changing its attributes, but also by shaping and transforming it using nodes and control handles. For an example of manipulating an object's nodes, see my CorelDRAW tutorial on drawing a heart.
Because they're scalable, vector-based images are resolution independent. You can increase and decrease the size of vector images to any degree and your lines will remain crisp and sharp, both on screen and in print. Fonts are a type of vector object.
Another advantage of vector images is that they're not restricted to a rectangular shape like bitmaps. Vector objects can be placed over other objects, and the object below will show through. See the example images on this page. The vector circle and bitmap circle appear to be exactly the same when seen on a white background. But when you place the bitmap circle over another color, it has a rectangular box around it, from the white pixels in the image.
Vector images have many advantages, but the primary disadvantage is that they're unsuitable for producing photo-realistic imagery. Vector images are usually made up of solid areas of color or gradients, but they cannot depict the continuous subtle tones of a photograph. That's why most of the vector images you see tend to have a cartoon-like appearance. Even so, vector graphics are continually becoming more advanced, and we can do a lot more with vector drawings now than we could a decade ago. Today's vector tools allow you to apply bitmapped textures to objects giving them a photo-realistic appearance, and you can now create soft blends, transparency, and shading that once was difficult to achieve in vector drawing programs.
Vector images primarily originate from software. You can't scan an image and save it as a vector file without using special conversion software. On the other hand, vector images can, quite easily, be converted to bitmaps. This process is called rasterizing. When you convert a vector image to a bitmap, you can specify the output resolution of the final bitmap for whatever size you need. It's always important to save a copy of your original vector artwork in its native format before converting it to a bitmap; once it has been converted to a bitmap, the image loses all the wonderful qualities it had in its vector state. If you convert a vector to a bitmap at a size of 100 by 100 pixels and then decide you need the image to be larger, you'll need to go back to the original vector file and export the image again. Also keep in mind that opening a vector image in a bitmap editing program usually destroys the vector qualities of the image and converts it to raster data.
The most common reason for wanting to convert a vector to a bitmap would be for use on the Web. At this time, the most common and accepted format for vector images on the Web is Shockwave Flash (SWF). Another standard for vector images on the Web is SVG, a graphics programming language based on XML. Due to the nature of vector images, they are best converted to SVG / XML or VML / XML format for use on the Web.