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Required Artwork Format - Vector

A vector graphic is an ideal format to supply artwork as the majority of decorating processes including pad printing, screen printing and laser engraving can only use vector artwork. Vector artwork can also be easily converted into raster artwork if required. Artwork in this format is saved as mathematical equations and can easily be edited and resized without compromising the image quality.

Vector artwork can be supplied in the following file types: 

  • EPS – Encapsulated PostScript

  • CDR – Corel Draw

  • AI – Adobe Illustrator

  • PDF – Portable Document Format (ensure artwork is converted to curves / paths to avoid font conflicts) - Important note: Please note that saving as PDF or above format from Bitmap is not a vector artwork. The PDF should be saved from the original vector.

Please refer to the table below for comparison.

 Vector vs. Bitmap Images - Comparison


Vector - Required


Overall Findings • Made of shapes.
• More scalable without losing quality.
• More specialized uses.
• Made of pixels.
• Compatible with Microsoft Paint, Adobe Photoshop, Corel
• Photo-Paint, Corel Paint Shop Pro, and GIMP.
• Lose quality when the image is resized larger.
Bitmaps Are More Ubiquitous
• Includes AI (Illustrator), CDR (CorelDRAW), CMX (Corel Metafile Exchange Image), SVG,CGM (Computer Graphics Metafile), DXF, and WMF (Windows Metafile). • Includes GIF, JPG, PNG, TIFF, and PSD.
Ease of Use:
Vectors Are More Robust
• Resolution-independent.
• Maximum quality regardless of scale.
• Lose quality when scaling.
• Easier to go from vector to bitmap than the other way.
The Final Product:
Cartoons vs. Photos
• Made of solid blocks of color.
• Can be any shape.
• Captures greater detail due to high pixel counts.
• Restricted to a square or rectangle shape.
Final Verdict Vector images have many advantages, but the primary disadvantage is that they're unsuitable for producing photo-realistic imagery. Vector images usually consist of solid areas of color or gradients, but cannot depict the continuous subtle tones of a photograph. That's why most vector images tend to have a cartoon-like appearance.

Vector images primarily originate from the 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 easily be converted to bitmaps. This process is called rasterizing.

Note: Fonts are one type of vector object. You can see an example of the data behind a vector image in this explanation of an SVG file.

 What if you don’t have any of these formats above?

  • We recommend that you contact the person who created your logo or artwork. Normally, the designer can supply it in a vector format if they create your logo with one of the programs above.
  • If you don’t have any of these formats above and don’t have a designer, we can redraw your logo for $35+gst per logo. Please note that if the artwork is too complicated, it may incur an extra cost.


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What are vector and bitmap images, and how are they different?