• Aric Dohm

Pixels vs. Vector

One of my favorite places to eat when I was a kid was a place called Taco John’s. I was feeling a bit nostalgic so I thought I would Google the original logo and all I could find was this extremely pixelated version of it, so I thought I would recreate it and use it as an example of pixel images and vector images.

The image on the left hand is a representation of a pixel image. If you look at a photo or any image on your computer and try and enlarge it, you see thousands of tiny boxes appear. These are called pixels. Pixels are several tiny boxes that each have a color assigned to them so when they come together they make an image. These style of graphics can be very hard, if not impossible to enlarge without loosing clarity.

The image on the right hand side is a vector based image, much clearer. Vector images are based on a series of points that have curvatures in between them to define their edges. No matter how big you enlarge them, they never loose their clarity or become “fuzzy.” You could potentially blow up a vector graphic to the size of the moon and it would still look the same as it does when you shrink it down to the size of a pencil eraser.

If you have an old rendition of a logo that has become “fuzzy” or if you don’t have the original file for your current logo and you would like to enlarge it. Contact me at Cutting Edge Design and let me see what I can do about restoring your old images.

Taco John's Original Logo

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