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Raster VS Vector

May 29, 2016

Raster Vs Vector Comic.

In the world of Graphic Arts there are two super powers. Raster Graphics and Vector Graphics. These are two different ways of creating a graphic on your computer. Read to the end to see who wins round 1!

RASTER is the native format of Adobe Photoshop. Raster graphics are made up of small squares called pixels. The more pixels you have, the more detail you have. Older video games looked blockier than newer ones do because systems today can handle more pixels. The old super mario game is a great example of pixel (Raster) graphics.

VECTOR is the native format of Adobe Illustrator. Vector graphics are based on math. If you have taken advanced science or math classes, then you have probably worked with graphing vectors before, think graphing calculator. Vector graphics can take these mathematical shapes and create lines and filled shapes. The best part is that you don’t have to understand the underlying math to use the program. Since vector graphics are math based you can scale them up without loosing quality.

For more on the difference has a nice article on it here.

So which one is better? That’s like asking wether it’s better to eat with a fork or a spoon. They both have their strengths. I am an Adobe products guy so for me both of these programs are essential to doing modern graphic arts. You will find that these two guys, Blocky Raster and Victor Vector work really good together and what you really want is to have them both in your corner to tag team against the real opponent your challenging projects. Used together the provide a perfect one two punch and can TKO most any task.

Try ’em FREE. The best part is you can try them out for free by downloading a trial from Adobe (click here to go to the downloads page). In the past these programs cost hundreds of dollars each, a typical package with a few of them ran you about a thousand dollars, and that was with the student discount. Then in a few years the software would start to get dated and you’d want to spring another grand to get the new version. The entry bar is now so low that anyone wanting to try it out can get in the game without shelling out a thousand bucks. You can get Photoshop for 10 bucks per month or illustrator for $20 per month. With that you get all the new versions as soon as they come out. It is so much cheaper than it was when I jumped in. The really cool thing is that you can get everything for $50 bucks a month. (even less with discounts like student) What’s everything? all Adobe products: thats illustrator, photoshop, after effects, Indesign, premier, animate, dreamweaver. 20+ in all. The best & industry standard.

Older Adobe. I’m still running CS5 which was the next to last version before creative cloud came out at home. It still works great, so if you are reluctant to have a monthly plan you could consider picking up a used hard copy of CS6 on Amazon (click here to see what’s available). That was the last version that you can just buy outright and own. You will just have to be ok with not having all the newest features. I wish my version had the new pattern builder tool in illustrator and the added style features in Photoshop that I enjoy at work.

Raster Vs Vector. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. If you are already using one and not the other, i’d encourage you to start cross training. If you don’t use either yet, I’d start with Photoshop. It is a little more friendly to beginners. So round one I will have to give to Blocky!

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