Do you know the difference between a pixel and a vector image?

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The terms PIXEL and VECTOR are often used when you are involved in graphic design and printing. But what is actually the difference and what are the advantages and disadvantages? In fact, they are both graphic files, but both files are constructed differently.

Pixel files

They consists of small squares that become clearly visible when you zoom in. With pixel files you are limited to the resolution of which they are composed. The resolution is indicated in the number of DPI (Dots Per Inch), or the number of dots per 2.54cm (one inch). If a pixel image is enlarged, for example for a banner, the blocks appear and the image becomes blurry. File type: JPEG/JPG/PSD.

Advantage: Can be easily edited on many different platforms.

Disadvantage: Can become quickly blurry and tend to be large files.

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Vector files

Are composed of all different objects, which are composed of reference lines, each with their own color, filling and line type. These lines always retain their shape, no matter how big or small you make them. This means they are not visible when you zoom in on them. So it doesn’t matter much you enlarge a vector file, the quality always remains the same. File: EPS/AI/PDF/SVG/CDR/CMX/CGM/DXF/WMF.

Advantage: These are small file formats that you can always enlarge or reduce, but the quality always remains the same.

Disadvantage: You cannot create scenic drawings with this filetype and a vector file is often only a file that can be used by professionals.

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