SVGs are an essential file type for many graphic designers and handcrafters. SVGs provide simple vector-based images that can be easily worked with for crafters. Artists use SVGs to create complex, multi-layered vector artwork more easily edited than any raster graphic. But it all starts with your first SVG file. Not sure how to make an SVG? Not sure if an SVG maker tool is right for you? You're in the right place.
SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphic. An SVG is a type of image file made with vector objects instead of a collage of pixels. In a standard (PNG or JPG) bitmap image, each pixel is a color. In a vector graphic, each object has a color and the size/shape of that object is determined by vectors - points on the perimeter that define the edges, curves, and angles of the color-shape.
A simple vector is often a single shape silhouette, ideal for cut-out printing and crafting. Complex vectors are made from layered vector objects that, together, can create beautiful, highly detailed, and easy to edit images. SVGs save in layers, have transparency, and lose no detail when scaled up or down. They are also very lightweight files that load quickly and take up minimal hard drive space.
If you need to turn an existing image into an SVG file, you will want to "trace" it using a bitmap tracer or an SVG Maker tool that does the same thing in the background. A bitmap tracer identifies shapes, lines, and figures among the pixels and 'traces' the image into a clean SVG for you. The number of scans will determine the final number of layers and color/shade detail you get from the final SVG.
If you are a graphic artist looking to create an original SVG, you can draw your first shape and begin your layers of precise editing in graphic design software that is SVG-capable like CorelDRAW. From there, you can begin sculpting and layering to create original SVG artwork.
Making your own vectors is fun and easy to do with the right graphic design software at your fingertips. Whether you are making templates for crafting or sculpting your own original artwork, vectors are the easiest image file to work with because you can so easily edit and alter the files without loss of detail.
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