Raster vs Vector

The Difference Between Raster and Vector Images

Raster Vs Vector?

Creating designs for screen printing takes a little bit of work and creativity. Whether you’re designing a logo for your brand or creating a t-shirt design based on artwork from a client, you’ll need design software that works for you. But before you get to designing, you need to know the difference between raster and vector images.

What Is A Vector Image?

A vector image uses mathematical algorithms to create paths and curves. Sounds complicated, right? What this means for screen printing is that the image is infinitely scalable. You can zoom super far in on the image without it getting blurry.
Vector images need to be edited in Adobe® Illustrator or a similar vector software. These types of images are preferred throughout the graphic design world, including screen printing.

What Is A Raster Image?

A raster image will become fuzzy and pixelated when you zoom in on the image.
All raster elements and art files must be sized at 100% or larger that the actual print size. All raster images must be 300dpi or more. All raster elements must be submitted in the original colour space. We recommend full colour graphics in RGB but if its been created in CMYK don’t convert it to RGB.

Re-drawing Service

If you are unable to provide a suitable 'print ready' file, we offer a cost effective redrawing service. The cost ranges from $50-$100 + GST, depending on the complexity of your artwork. This usually takes 24 hours and you keep the 'print ready' file for future use.

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