Why Vectorize Your Art?

In my last post, I explained how I use the Imaengine App to create vectors. I then showed how I made the resulting art available on many types of products on Redbubble.

If you have designed for Redbubble or other Print-On-Demand platforms then you know that the art file you load must be in .jpeg or .png format. These are raster formats, not vectors. So why would I go through the trouble of vectoring? Don’t many apps make really cool effects on photographs and pictures? Wouldn’t that be easier?

While it’s true that there are many fun apps that can create special effects, the problem is the file they export is usually of a small size. If you were to print it out you might get away with a good 8 x 10 inches picture but anything larger than that would start to lose resolution, look pixelated and of very low quality at larger sizes. The document would be limited by whatever resolution the original photograph was taken in.

If you intend to publish your art and make it available for purchase, a raster image would really limit where you can print it. For example, many t-shirts print in a 12 x 15-inch area. T-shirts submitted to Merch by Amazon must be 15 x 18 inches.

So that is why it is a good idea to vectorize your artwork.

Let’s see it in action.

Here is one of the ways the Imaengine app vectorized my son’s daycare artwork:

I know I already uploaded another version of this artwork to Redbubble but I like this one too so let’s do it!

Now, here comes the interesting part. Because vectors can be resized without losing definition, this image can now be exported in very large sizes.

Notice that I can export as a JPG, if I choose the first option, I could end up with a pretty small image. That is great if my goal is to save hard drive space and I don’t need to print at large sizes or resolutions.

But look at what happens if I pick the fifth option:

See the pixels? Yeap, that would work for a huge print! Just for fun, I put the numbers in a pixel to inches calculator just to see exactly how big a clear and sharp print I could get:

62 x 82 inches! That tree would be as tall as a door if we printed it out!

That means that I could use that JPG to print in on a large wall print, poster or a dress that covers a whole person...

Or, I could size it down to be pocket-sized...

Or maybe something in between...


Large or small, vectors look fantastic! So if you can't create your art as a vector to begin with, try vectorizing it so your prints look sharp at any size.

I hope you found this information useful and will give vectorizing your art a try. I would love to see what you make.

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