Historically, one of the names of vector editors was vector drawing—or simply drawing—applications. Bitmap editors, on the other hand, are sometimes called paint programs. The contrast between drawing and painting, stemming from traditional media (paper versus canvas), is thus carried on into the digital realm. Even though vector programs are now used—perhaps even preferentially—for higher-level tasks, such as composition and layout, simply drawing is still the most basic use case for this kind of tool.

It is true that vector drawings can never be as naturalistic and "painterly" as bitmaps; even the best vector art has that recognizable smooth, computer-generated look. Often, however, this is not a problem—it can even be an advantage. ...

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