pixel color blends vs vectors

Images with color blends vectorized using 100% Vectors

If a raster image needs to be reproduced in vector format and the original image has NO color blends, the new vector image can look identical to, if not better than, original. But if the original raster image has soft color blends and gradients, redrawing it using vectors only (100% true vector graphic) will render a vector graphic that looks slightly to considerably different than the original. The purpose of this page is to give you an idea of how different an image with color blends will look after it is converted to vector format using only vectors.

Bird image with color blends reproduced in vector format with no color blends
Vectorized dog image using only vectors, true vector format with no color blends

Some vector programs do have the ability to also include color gradients, color fading, and color blending, but these are technically raster effects and are not accepted in processes that require 100% true vector graphics such as vinyl cut signs, specialty printing, engraving, etching, and metal stamping. A supplier that requires vector or "high resolution" does accept raster effects. To see vector graphics with color gradient blends please click here.

Original image with gradients and soft color blends
Vector image drawn using no gradients nor color blends

The images on the left are the original full color raster images. The images on the right have been manually drawn in vector format with some using a limited amount of colors.

Original raster image with soft color blends and gradients
True vector graphic, or 100% vector graphic with no raster effects
Raster graphic with photo-like color blends
Image reproduced in vector format using only vectors
raster to vector conversion using 100% vectors
vectorization using true vector
vector conversion using vectors only for embroidery
raster to vector conversion using true vectors

At vector conversion we draw according to your specifications, either using only vectors, or vectors plus gradients. Learn more about Raster vs Vector.