Raster vs. Vector Images

When ordering products, you may have been asked to submit a vector version of the artwork. What exactly is a vector image, and how is it different from a photo (also known as a raster image)?

We have a great breakdown of the differences between raster vs. vector images on our frequently asked questions page.

Raster Images:

Composed of pixels. Depending on resolution, you are limited to how large you can make the file without pixelation. Pixelation is caused by over enlarged photos, which in turn cause the image to 'break up' into pixels. This results in images and artwork having a very jagged edge. Not ideal for screen printing. Not sure if your image is raster? Drop it into a word document and blow it up 200%. If your image begins to look blurry, you have a raster image.

Vector Images: 

Based on mathematics, vector art is completely scalable to any size, and never loses resolution. Often, special image editors and software are required to create or read vector graphics. The most common filetype is an .eps file. Vector file types are generally associated with Adobe software. If your graphic has been created by a Graphic Designer, they may have the vector file on hand.

"What if I do not have a vector image?"

No problem. We have a fully staffed award winning design department. We are confident that our art department can recreate your artwork. Please send the art that you currently have to your sales representative. The highest resolution is best. If we need to create it from scratch, we can do that. Send all the details and a staff member will get back to you with an art quote. Our charge is $75 per hour.