Vector images come in several formats like .EPS, .SVG, . AI, .CDR, .PDF. If you are a newcomer to vector images, you may want to know how to open and use a vector file. I will try to help you with that in the next paragraphs.
First, let me explain briefly what is a vector file and how you can benefit from this graphic format.
Vector graphics are an image format that allows scaling to any size, the images are created using mathematical expressions. You don’t see the math, but you see the results as shapes, lines, dots, and colors.
The first benefit of this type of image is that, as said before, you can scale them to any size without losing sharpness or quality since is not dependent on resolution.
Also, these files are very light, it is very easy to share online and save in any other media.
The vector images are flexible, with suitable software, are easy to edit, change colors, deform, place on other images, etc.
Vector format is the best way to keep a master file of your logo, you can use it in any way, to any size. If you do not have your logo in vector format, your brand is limited to the number of pixels your logo has.
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Opening vector graphic files.
There is plenty of software to open and edit your vector files. Professional designers use and recommend software like Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw to open, edit, and create these images.
However, if you are a casual user of vector images you might find this software expensive.
There are several free options and good enough for users that do not need advanced features.
Inkscape is one of the favorites, with a large community and a lot of tutorials and help online. Works mainly with .SVG formats. I find only one crucial weakness with this software, it is hard to find a way to open EPS files.
One more free software to open and edit vectors is Gravit Designer. This is an easy-to-use program, and you can work with vectors and combine them with photos and other images. You can import .EPS as well as .SVG files. This program is free, but you will have to see advertising from third parties.
Try any of these two programs and pick the one that fits better to your needs.
The common file formats are .EPS, .SVG, .PDF, .AI, .CDR., you may follow the next link if you want to know more about vector file formats.
Converting EPS and SVG files to JPG or other formats.
If you only want to convert an EPS file to import to any other document like Word or Excel, you may need to convert your vector image to JPG or PNG
You may find helpful this page
Also, this other page can convert more formats to jpg, png, or others
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