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Sometimes our customers open their vector files in Adobe Illustrator and don't see a transparent background. This is because Adobe Illustrator uses a white background by default, even if the background is really transparent. This is an easy fix! Simply click on VIEW, and select "Show Transparency Grid" - you will see the background change to a checkerboard, which indicates transparency.
We are often asked if businesses should have their logo in vector format. The answer is a resounding YES! We are using an actual customer logo that we converted to vector format as an example of why you need your logo vectorized. The original logo (on the left side), develops very rough edges when enlarged. This is called pixelation. The logo may work fine on a website, or perhaps letterhead - but if you wanted to use it on larger applications (t-shirts, merchandise, billboards, vehicle wraps, etc.) it will distort and become blurry. Vectorization to the rescue! We take that original image and one of our professional artists will hand-convert the image to vector format. You can think of this vector image as a "master file". This master file, when used with the proper vector software (such as Adobe Illustrator), can be enlarged to any size without distortion. In the case when you need a raster image (such as a JPG or PNG), you can create the image at any size without pixelation using the master vector image.
A vector image is a graphic that is created using mathematical algorithms. These images are resolution-independent, meaning they can be enlarged or reduced without any loss in quality. They are used in a variety of applications, including logos, illustrations, and icons. What is a Vector Image? A vector image is a digital image that is composed of mathematical points, lines, and shapes that can be edited and manipulated like any other image. Vector images are often used in graphic design and advertising because they are versatile and easy to edit. They can be scaled to any size without losing quality, and they can be rotated to create new perspectives. What are the Advantages of Vector Images? There are many advantages to using vector images for your business. Vector images are easily scalable, which means that they can be enlarged or reduced without losing quality. They can be edited easily, which means that they can be modified to fit your specific needs. Vector images are also versatile, which means that they can be used in a variety of different formats, such as logos, banners, and webpages. Finally, vector images are often more affordable than other types of images, which means that you can save money by using them instead of more expensive image formats. When is it Appropriate to Use a Vector Image? Vector images are typically used for logos, web graphics, and other graphical elements that need a crisp, clean look. They're also perfect for use on products, packaging, and other marketing materials. How to Create a Vector Image Creating a vector image is a great way to save on file size and keep your images looking sharp. There are a few different software programs that you can use to create a vector image, but the most common is Adobe Illustrator. Once you have your vector image created, you can use it in a variety of ways for your business. You can use it to create logos, illustrations, and more. How to Convert a Vector Image to Other Formats There are a few ways to convert a vector image to other formats. One way is to use the Adobe Illustrator vector image editor. You can use the "Save As" command to save the vector image in different file types, such as PDF, JPEG, and EPS. Another way is to use a vector graphic software, such as Inkscape or Adobe Illustrator, and use the "Export" command to save the vector image in different file types. A vector image is a great way to represent your business. They are resolution-independent, meaning they can be enlarged or reduced without any loss in quality. They can also be converted to other formats for use in different applications.
Great question! First, let's compare apples to apples - please don't compare us to "free" online vector conversion websites. Why? These websites are not doing "hand" conversions by a professional artist. They spit out a vector file, yes, but the quality cannot be compared to hand converting. Also, what if you need changes? Different colors? Perhaps you need an outline file for engraving? These free online services fall short - very short. Let's talk about other services that offer hand conversion as we do - many of them use email only - you email them your file, they email back, you email back with changes, they email back...not very streamlined or effective. Many of them do not have professional artists or provide direct communication with them. Our customers constantly tell us how much they appreciate our quick response to support questions. One of the biggest benefits to our service is the history of your jobs on our website - see the communication of past jobs, instructions, etc. If you ever lose your file(s), we also offer services to retrieve your file from our archive server. You can check our comparison to other services as well. Our website provides a streamlined approach to the entire process - once you create your account, you can: Upload your image for a free quote, with all of your selections and instructions Provide payment for one job, or multiple jobs Communicate directly with the artist assigned to your job Accept/decline proofs provided by the artist Download your vector file from your email notification, or your account In addition to a streamlined vector conversion process, we also provide 90 days of free storage for your vector file(s). You can also purchase long term storage (1 year), or permanent storage. If you want your vector file mailed to your home, we offer mailing your files on SD Card, USB drive or Optical CD. We encourage you to try our services - read our FAQ and check out what other customers have to say about Vector Factory. Have a question? Please let us know - we are happy to help!
This topic often confuses people. A PDF document itself is not a vector file. However, a vector file/image can be "embedded" within a PDF document. This begs two important questions - how can you tell if the embedded file is a vector or raster image, and, are there any considerations to consider when a vector file is embedded within a PDF document? First, one of the easiest ways to tell if the image is raster or vector, open the PDF document in Adobe Reader. Then enlarge the image - enlarge it to at least 600% or more - you will notice either the image starts to distort, or it doesn't. If it distorts, it's raster - if not, it's vector. Another thing to consider is, if the vector file has transparency. By default, Adobe will open the PDF document with a white background. So not only will you not see transparency, but you will not see anything colored white if it's on the white background. See below for example - you cannot see the top part of the white text. However, if you change the preferences, you can "Show Transparency Grid" which will then display the white on white, and all areas that are transparent, as seen below: Hopefully this clears up any confusion regarding vector images contained/embedded in a PDF document. Feel free to ask us any questions using our support page.
Modern day businesses use their logo everywhere - letterhead, invoices, websites, merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, etc.), billboards, vehicle vinyl wrap and much more. Obviously, the physical size of the logo on each one of these is very different. If you only have your logo in raster file format, you will not be able to use that file for larger products. Raster files are typically JPG, GIF, PNG and BMP. There are others, but these are the most common types of raster images people use for general logo purposes on smaller scale projects - such as letterhead or websites. Raster images are made up of small dots (called pixels), much like newspaper print. So, if you enlarge it, it will become blurry and distort. To avoid this problem, a vector image must be used. Vector files are made up of mathematical points which can be scaled infinitely without loss of quality. Vector images are available in many different formats. AI, EPS, PDF, SVG, DXF and others. Depending on the use, a specific format may be required. For example, you want some t-shirts with your logo on it to hand out to customers for promotional gifts. You call your t-shirt company, and they say they require your logo in AI or EPS format. But you only have a JPG. This is when you would need to have your JPG converted to an AI or EPS file. Some vendors may not work with vector files (although rare) - they may say they need a JPG at 3000 pixels in width - the only one you have is 400 pixels in width - if you enlarge it to meet their requirements, it will be blurry and most likely unusable. This is where vector files shine! Think of your vector file as your "master file". If you have a vendor that wants a vector file - easy! Just send them your vector file - no matter what your project size requirements are, all they need is your vector file. Now let's say the vendor needs a larger JPG file - if you have your logo in vector format - no problem! Vector files can be exported (with the proper software) at any size in raster format. Now you could send them your logo in JPG format, at 3000 pixels in width with ZERO distortion or blurriness! Have a question? Ask us!
Photos can be converted into a vector file - but there are a few things to consider. First, you can expect to lose some detail in the photo. Depending on how much detail is lost really depends on how much detail you are starting with. For instance, a low resolution photo will likely lose a lot of detail in the converted vector file - mainly because there wasn't a lot of detail to start with. Even highly detailed photos will lose some degree of detail after the image is converted to vector format. Second, if the photo is being hand-converted to vector, it will take a lot longer to complete compared to a solid color logo for instance - thus a much higher cost. You can also have a photo "auto converted" by software, but auto converted vector images tend to be converted with undesirable results. There are free and paid auto conversions available online (we do them too), but we don't recommend this method - we consider it a last resort and only an option if you can't afford the hand converted process. Lastly, when you convert a photo into a vector image, the resulting file will have hundreds, sometimes thousands of shapes and paths. This makes the file very difficult to edit or change once converted. If editing the vector file after conversion isn't needed, then this might not be a problem. These are the major considerations when converting a raster image (jpg, png, bmp, etc) into a vector image (AI, EPS, SVG, etc). If you have any questions, feel free to contact us using our support page. Thank you!
Hi everyone! We're so excited to announce our new blog! This blog will feature not only information on vector files, interesting information, how to's, etc - but it will also showcase some of our before and after vector jobs! We want to take a minute and thank all of our customers for using our services! We truly appreciate you! We will start adding to the blog as of today, so come back often and check for updates. Have a great day! VF Customer Service