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vector graphics

  Vector graphics differ from bitmap or raster graphics in that they are not made up of a grid of pixels. They rely on computer algorithms to define paths and shapes. Vector graphics are rarely used in web design, but are very common (required) in graphic design. A logo, for example, would be created in vector format. From there it is exported to bitmap/raster format for use on a web site.

The main advantage is that vector graphics are fully scalable. You can print your vector logo the size of Texas without any pixelation along the edges.

For a nice description of the differences between vector and bitmap images, see http://www.logoants.com/vector-bitmap.php.

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