By working in the field of digital design, I am faced with a wide range of file formats every single day. Although distinguishing the difference between digital files has become second nature to me, I often forget that this is not common knowledge to everyone in the workplace. Especially when dealing with logo design and print projects, I find that clients and other non-designers often do not fully understand the difference between file extensions.
To bridge the gap, I’ve put together a quick overview of a few of the most common file types, the differences, and when you should use them.
File Formats 101
The main difference between raster and vector image files comes down to the way in which they are made. Raster image files are composed of pixels, and vector graphics are made out of paths. Here’s what you should know about the two: