Welcome back to Digital art 101, an ongoing series seeking to answer the most common questions we receive from customers. Last time, we discussed the difference between Vector and Raster. Today, we will go over how to check the art and identify the art you have. Please note, while I will try to use broad industry terms, this lesson will be based primarily on Adobe products.
Here I have two similar artworks, one is vector and one is a raster. Zoom in close and you can see what these arts are made of. The vector art is completely crisp and clean. While the Raster version, you can see its building blocks called pixels. This method doesn't guarantee that the file is the quality you need, however, it will let you know if you have to go back to your designer to get the proper file type for your promotional product order.
Vector-based files opened in Adobe Photoshop will convert to Raster, and lose their vector format and quality. However, opening raster art in Adobe Illustrator will not cause any harm.
For those with design or graphics program experience, opening up in a vector program is another easy way to check what you have. With the artwork opened in Adobe Illustrator, go to Menu > View > Outline.
With the view set to OUTLINE MODE, a good vector will show as a white shape with black outlines.
Now that you can identify what type of art file you have, we can find out how to review the art for production. We will cover this in Lesson #3 - Is my art good quality?
Credit - Mary Huff (IDProductsource)