Magpie Image provides a vectorising service for the conversion of raster/bitmap image files like jpg, gif, tif, or pdf, into scalable, resolution-independent vector files like eps or ai that are suitable for commercial & specialty printers, signs & banners, engravers, embroidery, or t-shirt printing.
Magpie Image can also create a vector file from a pencil drawing or a rough sketch, even old maps can be recreated.
A few examples below:
What’s it all about?
Most people are familiar with Bitmap – AKA Raster graphics, even if you didn’t know what they were called. The majority of graphics you come across on your computer and online will be Raster images. They are made up of fixed ‘pixels’. Pixels are blocks of colour. Each pixel is a single colour and has a coordinate so the computer knows where in the picture to place the pixel. Bitmaps are great for complicated images (like photos) that have hundreds or thousands of colours. The problem with bitmaps, is that they are difficult to edit, tricky to resize, and you can’t use bitmap images with a vinyl cutter or CNC machine.
Vector graphics are not made up of pixels. Vectors are the graphical representation of a mathematical formula. Vector graphics are made up separate objects that can be freely edited, resized, coloured, flipped, rotated, copied, and moved. Each object consists of a number of known points called ‘nodes’. Each node anchors the outline of the object and determines the shape of the outline using ‘Control Handles’. The practical upshot of all this is Vector graphics can be resized without loss of quality. They can be coloured, have objects added or taken away and endlessly tweaked and they always remain pin sharp.