This publication on graphic file formats is the fourth of a five-part series on document design. This series also covers the document design process, principles of document design, elements of document design, and brochure and newsletter design.
When designing documents, you also have to be aware of the different types of images you may receive. This publication, created for anyone with an interest in designing effective documents, provides an overview of raster graphics and vector graphics.
As shown in Figure 2, vector graphics can be resized (scaled) without looking pixilated. Vector graphics work best for drawing images with sharp edges and consistent areas of color, such as line art, diagrams, maps, and statistical graphics. The file format most commonly associated with vector graphics is the EPS, meaning Encapsulated PostScript. Resolution is not an issue with an EPS file unless raster effects have been added.
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