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Preferred File Types

For logos and various designs, we prefer receiving files in Adobe Illustrator vector graphic format (.ai, .eps, .pdf, or .svg). If obtaining vector art is not feasible or if your design is a photograph, please provide a high-resolution bitmap image (300 dpi or higher).

What is Vector Art?

Vector art represents a linear shape through a mathematical formula. The key benefit of vector art lies in its ability to be stored in a compact file size and resized to any graphic dimension without compromising quality. Graphics software programs like Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw are used to create vector art, employing shapes, curves, and lines. This method ensures that the artwork can be scaled infinitely without any loss of quality.

The illustration below illustrates the distinction between vector art and bitmap art:

Vector vs Rasterized

Note how the edges of the design in the bitmap file become distorted when enlarged. Bitmap graphics, including photograph files generated in Adobe Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, and other bitmap editing programs, can be utilized for domed labels if obtaining vector art is not feasible.

Is My Art Vector?

Determining if your art is “Vector Art” can be indicated by the file type. Typically, vector art is crafted in Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw, and the most prevalent vector file extensions include .ai, .pdf, .eps, .svg, and .cdr.

However, the mere fact that a file is saved in one of these formats does not guarantee its status as vector art. It is plausible to incorporate a bitmap into a vector file and save it with one of these extensions. True vector art is exclusively created in a vector editing program.

 

So, how can you truly ascertain whether your art file is vector art? The only foolproof method is to open the file and inspect it. If you have a vector editing program, you might observe something like this:
domed labels vector pen

Notice the lines surrounding the letter “P”? These are vector editing nodes. If you can identify such lines after selecting the design, congratulations! You possess vector art.

It’s straightforward if you have the appropriate software. However, many individuals do not own a copy of a vector editing program. In such cases, you can send the file to us, and we can check it for you.

What if My Art Isn't Vector?

The file you currently have might not be the sole version. If a professional designer crafted your design, reach out to them and inquire about the vector files. In a corporate setting, contact your company’s marketing or design department.

If, despite these efforts, you determine that you have a non-vector art file and desire the pristine graphic benefits of vector art, there’s one solution: enlist the services of a graphic designer to recreate your design as vector art.