graphics software provides graphic designers with the ability to create
precise, scalable, and layered images. Both 3-D graphics and CAD
(computer-aided design) technology rely heavily on vector graphics. But
just what is vector graphics? Should you be using a vector graphics
package? These questions and more can be answered by looking at the links
General Information Vector
graphics software is used to manipulate graphics composed of lines,
curves, and shapes. Vector graphics resize well, without the fuzziness or
pixilation that resized bitmap graphics often display. Vector graphic
files are typically smaller than bitmap graphics, making them perfect for
use online. Both 3-D graphics and animation would not be possible without
the use of vector graphics technology. For a definitive description of
vector graphics, visit Webopedia.
A discussion about the differences between vector and bitmap graphics can
be found at www.photoshopsupport.com/shoptalk/vectors-and-bitmaps.html
For an introduction to vector graphics, visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vector_graphics.
Topics covered here include an overview, vector graphics uses, 3D
modeling. The subject of metafiles--graphics files that contain both
bitmap and vector information--is also discussed on this page. Finally, a
general source of vector graphics information can be found at graphicssoft.about.com.
Resources The Internet is the perfect place to look for vector
graphics resources. Although vector graphics is not a new technology, it
is constantly evolving. Are you searching for more information about the
changing face of digital graphics? Are you looking for Web pages with a
diverse selection of graphics resources? If so, visit either this Yahoo.com
directory or this Google.com
directory page for links. A plethora of useful information, including software
reviews, user ratings, and links, can be found on this
Software Packages To get an idea of
the vector graphics software packages that are available, visit the Vector
Based Graphics page. Here you can link directly to the
manufacturers’ Web sites. The top-rated software packages are discussed
at this Epinions.com
page. Current prices, user ratings, and informative articles also can be
found on this page. To learn more about some of the most popular vector
graphics software products, follow the links listed below.
Additional Links A
detailed glossary of graphics terms can be accessed from www.designtalkboard.com/glossary/software/design.php. The Adobe Illustrator vector graphics program page hosted by
is an excellent resource for Adobe Illustrator users.