JPG to Vector: A Guide to Converting Files

The JPG is the single most commonly seen image file used across the internet and through modern digital graphic libraries. PNGs are rising in popularity and SVGs are seeing the cutting edge, but JPGs are how most devices and programs tend to save their images - especially with older programs in the mix. The fact of the matter is that many companies and teams have archives, hundreds to hundreds-of-thousands of images saved in this now-aging file format.

For graphic design projects today, vector files like SVG (scalable vector graphics) are the name of the game.

JPGs are on the way out

JPGs have been king of graphic content for some time. From saved graphic art to saved photos. But they don't have a transparency layer and they save images in raster files, pixel by colored pixel. Today, vector graphics are revolutionizing (and streamlining) graphic design, and all your visual assets should be saved as either flexible PNGs or project-ready SVGs.

For many companies and teams, this means converting some to a great many PNGs into vector file graphics for upcoming projects.

What is a vector graphic?

A vector graphic is an image file saved with coordinates instead of pixels. Instead of saving the data for an ever-larger grid of pixels, vectors are a smaller file of notes. Vector images are made of shapes with coordinates outlines, inner-fill, and adjustable vertices. Because shapes and colors are relative to each other, files are smaller and also 100% safe from both data loss and pixelization from scaling.

Vector graphics layer easily, design and redesign easily, and save into lightweight software.

Why convert your JPGs to vector graphics

Why turn your JPG library into a library of Vector images and assets? The use of SVG files is clear. For most businesses, the question is why would you not want all your existing assets in the most convenient, designable, and light-weight file format on the market? Vector files make it easy to stack and design your assets into larger projects, then rearrange them for the next piece or campaign.

Vectors scale for every size of screen, unlike JPGs, and never pixelated or lose detail from multi-scaling. Projects you're working on may even require vector graphics, but you have some great content in PNG waiting to be converted.

How to convert JPG files to vector SVG files

Option1: Image tracing into SVG vector segments

The best way to convert a JPG into a vector image is with tracing. JPG images often lack pixel-perfect clarity, which means your SVG shapes will need to be built in smooth lines along the same colors and shapes of your original image. Advanced graphic design software like CorelDRAW has the tracing tools you need to "trace" your old image into vector coordinates and a fresh new SVG format. Then delete the original image and save your file as an SVG

Option 2: Export the PNG as an SVG

If you simply want a vector save file but don't care as much about detail, try exporting your JPG into the SVG file format using an image editor. Open your favorite image editor and load up your PNG. Then find your save and export options. Export the files as a vector or SVG file that you can work with differently in the future.

Option 3: Implement a PNG to vector file web converter

Anyone who needs a file conversion in a hurry can make use of online file conversion web tools. You can find websites and pages online that quickly convert most JPGs (except the largest files) to be converted into a quick vector file instead. Simply upload your JPG, make any necessary adjustments, and submit the file. Then download the result when the conversion is done.


Ready to convert your JPGs into new vector-style graphics and SVG files? CorelDRAW has the tools you need for the conversion and your asset design project beyond simple file changes. As soon as your image is converted to vector detail, it will become more lightweight, scalable, and layer-design capable.

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