What is Vectorizing?
For those of you who are not familuar with vectorizing, there are two basic types of image; a RASTER image and a VECTOR image. A raster image is basically a box made up of hundreds and thousands of tiny coloured pixels which collectively make up an image like a JPEG / BMP. This is an ideal format for printing in a publication or viewing on a screen. However, they do have one massive draw back, they cannot be expanded to any size without losing the original quality. For example they become what is called pixilated. Below is a simple example of this. This image is a small section of the image above, this is called a RASTER image. Viewing it on our website looks fine but if you look at a section of it at around four times the size it looks like this. As you can see it has become pixelated.

 

 


Vector over Raster
Vector images are basically digital copies of them. They are not made up of pixels but a series of lines and shapes that have specific positions relative to others. This enables them to be expanded to an infinite size but still remain their original quality. If you click on the RASTER image, you will see the VECTOR version as a wire frame. You can see each individual element of the image and each section outlined can easily be moved, coloured or scaled up with no alteration to the original quality of the image.

So what we do here at DrawUK is start with your original JPEG/BMP (RASTER) image and by hand carefully redraw it until we're left with an accurate and fully scaleable VECTOR copy of the original.

If you require any further information on what we do at DrawUK or you need any help or advice, please don't hesitate to get in touch, we're more than happy to help.