Creative Business Dedicated To Delivering Exceptional Vector Art

Posted by graphicsdigitizing on March 25th, 2019

We use Ink scape that is an open source Vector Graphics editor, similar to programs like Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X. Supported SVG capabilities include shapes, paths, text, tags, cloning, transparency, resizing, color gradients, patterns, and grouping. Ink scape also supports Creative commons meta-data, node editing, layers, complex curve operations, bitmap tracing, curve text, direct XML editing, and much more. Ink scape is able to import formats like JPEG, PNG, TIFF and more. It can also export PNG as well as many vector formats. For documents, it uses the Scalable vector graphics (SVG) standardized by the W3C consortium. Ink scape runs on GNU / Linux and is regularly ported to MS Windows, Mac OS X, and unofficially for FreeBSD. The toolkit used is GTK, just like the Gimp raster.

SVG stands for Scalable vector graphics. It is a portable XML-based vector graphics format. Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is a markup language and file format that describes two-dimensional vector graphics using XML. The SVG format should in the future become the basic open format for vector graphics on the Internet. While for raster graphics there are enough formats on the Internet (eg GIF, PNG and JPEG), the open vector format was missing on the Internet.

SVG defines the basic types of Vector art:-

  • vector shapes (vector graphic shapes - rectangle, circle, ellipse, line, polyline, polygon, and polyline)
  • raster images
  • text objects

These objects can be grouped, formatted with CSS attributes or styles, and positioned using generic spatial transformations. SVG also supports object trimming, alpha masking, interactivity, image filtering (convolution, displacement mapping, etc…) and animation. However, not all SVG browsers can do all of these properties.

How to view SVG

This format has native support in browsers such as Mozilla and Konqueror, and you need to have a plug-in installed, such as Adobe, for free in Microsoft Internet Explorer. Microsoft Internet Explorer partially supports SVG format since version 9.

Vector based graphics are used, as I mentioned in this article, to create logos and graphic designs for printers. In addition to creating large-format prints, business cards, flags, printing promotional items and materials, T-shirts and much more.

Unlike raster (bitmap) graphics, vector graphics work with curves, which are calculated when zooming, so the image remains sharp at the highest magnification. For demonstration, you can click on the logo below and enlarge it as you wish (scroll with the Ctrl key). You will find that it has not changed even at the greatest magnification it is still one and the same picture.

Gimp is a top-notch and very popular bitmap editor with partial vector graphics support. With its tools and features, it will match commercial and professional raster editors. Gimp is an open source program, freely distributable under the GPL, which is a great advantage. Originally, this application was developed primarily for the Linux operating system, but is currently also available for Windows, Apple Mac, and more.

The capabilities of this program are very decent; in some areas it is comparable to Adobe Photoshop. It is especially suitable for working and editing photos, creating collages and also for creating graphic elements for websites. Of course there is work with layers, channels, curves, it offers many advanced options for selection and drawing tools, it contains a lot of well-known filters and scripts.

In the world of Vector based graphics, GIMP is an indispensable editor, especially for users who refuse to pay a few thousand for Adobe Photoshop, which has essentially the same functionality. Gimp is constantly being developed and updated; the latest stable version bears the label 2.2.11. The great advantage of GIMP is that it is offered free of charge, making it a competitor to many graphical editors not only for Linux operating systems.

Through SVG, most of the available SVG filters can be applied to Ink scape drawings, resulting in an almost unlimited number of effects. Ink scape also includes dozens of scripts designed to ease work, generate objects, change their properties, and so on.

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