Vector art is the use of geometrical primitives such as points, lines, curves, and shapes. Vector art is made up of lines (referred to as paths) that are connected by anchor points. Think of a connect-the-dots drawing that can include curved lines. Each path and anchor point is defined using mathematical equations. Which means that moving, scaling, or rotating this type of art does not degrade the quality, instead it recalculates the equations. The information needed to translate these images also translates to a relatively smaller file size compared to pixelated (or raster) artwork, such as digital photographs.
Vector art is ideal for printing. Since the art is made from a series of mathematical equations, it will print very crisply even when resized. For instance, a small vector logo can be used on a business card and then enlarged to billboard size while keeping the same smooth quality. A raster graphic would blur or pixelate excessively if it were enlarged from business card size to billboard size. Vector art also produces perfect, crip results when used for different projects such as vinyl decals, engraving or embroidery.
At Specs Howard School of Media Arts, we specialize in developing the foundation skills for success in today’s graphic design industries. We have developed a unique 12 month program that: