Vector vs. Raster


Baseball as vector art

Vector graphics are composed of mathematically defined points, curves and shapes called objects. An object can be filled with a solid color, a gradient or a pattern and stroked with a colored outline of a specific weight. When vector objects are printed, they produce clean, sharp lines and edges because they are resolution-independent. When printed, they produce razor-sharp edges with no “jaggies” (stair-step edges caused by a series of right angles trying to represent a curve) no matter what the resolution of the document, and can be re-sized without losing print quality.


Baseball as raster art

Raster images use a grid of colored squares called pixels that render variations of color. Pixels are usually square areas of colored light and are the building blocks of raster images. Pixels are usually so small that when seen on a monitor, the colors blend into what appears to be a continuous-tone image. However, when printed, they portray “jaggies.”

So when it comes to creating and printing custom-made signage, vector graphics are preferred and almost necessary. We are able to manipulate vector art with ease and the end result is always crisp, clean art; just view our Client Portfolio for yourself! When designing a sign, we ask that you send vector art, which can be a pdf, an esp, or an ai file. If all you have is raster art, still feel free to send it over and we will do our best to manipulate it or recreate it. We will always communicate with you to create the best sign for you. Your image is our priority.

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