A vector program versus a pixel program.; What are they advantages, disadvantages, and the ins and outs?

A vector program, like Adobe Illustrator, is a program that uses vector graphics. A vector graphic is a computer image that is stored in memory as lines rather than a series of dots, allowing it to be rotated or proportionally scaled.  A vector program is ideal for printing large scale (especially type) because vector graphics aren’t made up of pixels and will not lose quality when scaled. Another benefit of a vector program is designing logos. A logo requires the range of large format, to be placed a billboard, or smaller format, or added on a business card.

A pixel program, like Adobe Photoshop, is a program that uses pixel graphics. Pixel art is a form of digital art, created through the use of raster graphic software, where images are edited on the pixel level. A pixel program is used to edit and manipulate photos or images. Photoshop is also a good tool for illustrators and animators. Using a mouse, or often times a tablet, you can actually draw or sketch directly into Photoshop and manipulate what you draw. Many designers will manipulate their images in photoshop and then “place”  them in Illustrator to utilize vector type within the same design.

Both programs are important in design. Depending on the job, your preference, or you skills in either program, you can often use them interchangeably. However, the two programs are designed for entirely different purposes. The general misconception is that a choice should be made between the two programs. In actuality, the individual programs are designed to work together in order to complete all aspects of individual projects effectively.

-Alyshleigh (Alyssa and Ashleigh)