Here at Businesslogos.com, we love feeling the excitement our customers have about their new companies. Starting an organization takes passion, creativity, and hard work. But thankfully it doesn’t require being an expert in everything! Your job is to find seasoned professionals that you can trust to help you with each piece of your business. That’s what we’re here for! We’ve been designing for over 15 years, and so we’ve pretty much seen it all. You get to tell us what you want out of your logo, and we get to worry about all the technical stuff. Thank goodness! But sometimes our customers request elements in their logo design (such as the use of a photo or certain photographic/3-D effects) that we hesitate to do. When we disappoint our customers, that makes us sad, so we want to explain why. These limitations don’t reflect a lack of expertise in creating these effects; rather, our expertise is what compels us to take the design in a different direction. Sometimes it’s for aesthetic reasons, but more often it’s for technical reasons. We don’t usually like to worry you about the technical stuff, but since we get this request so often, we think it’s worth explaining this concept–in the most non-technical way we can.
When we design a logo, we create what’s called a “vector” image using Adobe Illustrator (file type “.eps” or “.ai”). This type of image is different from the image types most of use on a day-to-day basis, such as jpgs, pngs, gifs, tifs, or bmps. These common image types are called “raster” images. Vector logos and raster logos are created in fundamentally different ways. Raster logos are a fixed size, comprised of individual pixels, whereas vector logos have no fixed size at all. They store relative information about the proportion and relationship of each section of the logo to the others. To get the full scoop on why this is and what it all really means, see our next post on Monday; “Understanding the Difference between a Vector and Raster Image”. But we’ll get straight to why it matters: while a raster format may have some advantages in certain situations, vector is the universally preferred format for logo images by designers and printers. There are many benefits to creating a vector logo instead of a raster logo.
Benefits of Vector Logos
- A high-resolution raster logo may have “high” resolution (quality), but vector images are “perfect” resolution! The logo can be expanded in size without ever turning blurry or grainy. This is why a raster image like a jpg or bmp should never be used in a logo. What if you want to use your logo on something big, like a sign, a banner, or even a T-shirt? The quality is going to look terrible, and we don’t want that. Can you anticipate now all the ways you might want to use your logo? Don’t shortchange yourself with a raster image when even a high-resolution one often can’t be printed any larger than 11” X 17”.
- Even with “perfect” resolution, vector images are much smaller in file size than high-resolution raster images–most vector logos are under 100k (.10 megabytes). With a vector logo, you’ll be able to email your logo to printers and advertisers much more easily than you can a high-resolution raster image. We don’t want you to worry about your email not being received because your attachment is so huge!
- It is much easier for a designer to make changes to your logo when it is in vector format. In raster format, a designer has to change individual pixels, one by one. If we create a raster image, and you want to see any change to the placement of elements in the logo, or even a slight color change, we have to re-create most everything from scratch. Time is money, and we want to save you some!
- Are you hesitant to have us create a vector-based logo because someone requested a raster version of your logo? No problem! You can always create a raster image out of a vector image, but not the other way around. We want your logo to be as flexible as possible, right from the start.
- In addition to having perfect resolution, vector logos have other advantages when it comes to printing. Vector logos can easily be printed in one or two colors (using what’s called “pantone” colors). On the flip side, many raster logos turn into a mess when printed in the newspaper or other formats that just allow for one color.
Take that raster images! This is just a taste of why vector images work much better for logos. It’s not that we can’t create a raster image for your logo—it’s that we shouldn’t. While vector images may have a few limitations, the benefits truly reign supreme. If you think you want a photo or photographic elements in your logo, think again–we promise you’ll ultimately agree that a vector-based logo is the way to go. Take another stroll through our gallery. Every logo you see on our site is a vector logo, and hey, we think they look pretty good!
Next Monday: Understanding the Difference Between a Vector and Raster Image