Not all file types are created equally. Learn about the differences between a PDF and a PNG.
Digital files are categorized into two main types— Bitmaps and Vectors.
Vector files are ideal for logos as they can be scaled infinitely without blurring. Bitmap files are pixel based and have a maximum size. How can you quickly tell the difference? Common file extensions for vectors are ai, eps and svg. Bitmap files are typically png, jpg/jpeg, gif, and tiff. However, vector files can contain both vector and bitmap files, while bitmap will convert vectors elements to bitmap in the saving process.
Both have their purposes and we have a definitive guide here to help you decide which you need for your project.
What are bitmap files?
- Can be scaled but will blur if enlarged more than 100%
What are vector files?
- Not pixel-based
- Algorithm-based, plots points on an XY axis
- Can be scaled infinitely without blur
File Type Breakdown
|File Type||Bitmap or Vector?||Other Details|
|AI / EPS||Vector||