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Vector- illustrations are mainly used for flat- colored images,
like logotypes, cartoons, etc .
However, by arranging objects with slightly different color on top
or next to each other, we can create more realistic images, as seen
in the car- drawing at the bottom right of this- and previous
The more slightly different objects we use, the smoother the
transitions. ( see detail at right )
Below, you can see the principle of drawing with vectors.
At far left, there' s an object featuring sharp corners, and next
to it, is the same object, but some handles are added to the
points, applying some tension to the curve.
By dragging the handles ( or the points ) we get another
full explanation about vector- drawing would take many pages and
therefor is beyond the purpose of this site.
difference is the way we work with these files and the result we
want to achieve with Bitmap- or Vector-
said before, this will depend mostly on final use of the
Since a Bitmap- illustration has a fixed resolution, we cannot
enlarge its size afterwards without losing quality. A vector-
illustration will always be - however big we use it - keep the same
images below, show what happens when zoomed in on a bitmap-(left)
and a vector illustration ( right ).
The bitmap image clearly shows the pixels, while the vector image
is still showing sharp lines.
Illustrations that need to be enlarged to be used on billboards
instance - like a logo - are best made as a vector-
Examples of 2D
illustrations can be seen in