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Real World Print Production with Adobe® Creative Cloud® by Claudia McCue

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5. Vector Graphics

While raster images are made up of pixels, vector graphics are refreshingly pixel free—they’re made of math. As such, vector graphics are not subject to the scaling restrictions that plague raster images (Figure 5.1). The smooth shapes of a purely vector drawing have no inherent resolution, so vector art can be enlarged and reduced with no penalty.

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Figure 5.1 Vector drawings (A) are mathematically generated smooth lines, whereas raster images (B) are composed of pixels.

Vector art can be scaled up with no limit (C). Raster images, however, don’t fare well at extreme enlargements (D).

While there are other vector drawing programs, ...

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