What is a Vector?

Ok, where to begin…let’s start with what you do most likely know.

So, you are probably familiar with the file type called a JPEG. This is the most common file type as most cameras are pre-set to shoot in this format and most commonly used programs such Microsoft Word will accept it as an image type.

JPEG is a format that rasterises images. This basically means that the image is set to specific dimensions and resolution (blurry or not blurry). Assume your image is at maximum size and resolution, the way a JPEG file can work is it can be reduced in size and it will increase in resolution. However, if a JPEG file is increased in size the resolution will lowered and pixels spread over a larger space and the image will become ‘blurry’.

JPEG are not the only kind of common rasterised file formats out there, there is also PNG, GIF and BMP just to name a few.

So is a JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP a vector file type…no!

A vector file type is best explained as a non compressed or non-rasterised file type, meaning that it can be increased and reduced with out losing quality in resolution. Elements within a vector file are considered as ‘shapes’, and these shapes can be manipulated to form artwork.


So why do we want Vectors?

There is a common misunderstanding of image file types and their suitability for print and production. Therefore, if we request a vector file format we have free reins to resize and manipulate the artwork to suit your garment decoration method.


I have a rasterized image (JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP), how do I make it a vector?

Depending on the image contents, our in house design team can ‘redraw’ your rasterized image and create a vector suitable for production.


Does it cost?

Yes. This process takes time and skill to do so there will be a cost associated with vectorising a rasterized image. An assessment of the image will be made and a cost determined before we begin.