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Design 101: GIF, JPG, PNG, TIFF vs Vectors- What’s the Difference?

Why are there so many image file types? Because every file type has its place. GIF, JPG and PNG are best used on the web, TIFF files work best for print and vectors are the most versatile for editing the size of an image. Vectors can be scaled from tiny business cards all the way up to graphics on the side of a semi-truck trailer. Vectors can also be blown up huge and scaled back down over and over without losing the quality of the original.

Most files (known as rasters) are made up of tiny dots or “pixels” and when you increase or decrease the size of the image, you’re just growing or shrinking all those little dots. Vectors use geometry: points, curves and shapes based on math, so when you increase the size of a vector, you’re not just stretching a ton of pixels, the image is basically recreating itself in the size you need. The final image will need to be ‘rasterized’ and converted into a TIFF or JPG for printing, since printers print in pixels.

Face of a woman

Cutcaster has a wide variety of vector graphics available. When you are searching for an image type, make sure you chose “Vectors Only” in the File Type box on the left side of the page or keep an eye out for the little “V” underneath our illustration thumbnails, indicating that those illustrations are available as a vector.

 

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Searching for: Science, Space and the “Cosmos”

Bridge to the stars

There’s been a lot of buzz about science lately.  There is new information about the Big Bang Theory, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has a science show, Cosmos, on Fox and currently image searches for Periodic Table are in the top ten on Google Trends. Who knew science could be so cool? If you are searching for images about science, Cutcaster has what you need in our lightboxes on Science & Technology, Outer Space and Scientific Research .

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Featured Collection: Cute Bunnies, Colorful Eggs, and all things Easter

Easter is just a month away and it’s time to search through our images of green grass, colorful eggs, adorable rabbits, and other images of the spring holiday.  Check out our Easter lightbox to find the perfect photo or illustration for your Easter newsletter, Easter product advertisement, Easter egg hunt flyer, or whatever Easter campaign or event you are planning.

easterlightbox

 

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Searching For: Symptoms

In the digital age, we often turn first to the internet for advice. Where to eat, where to travel, how to fix things, even how to fix ourselves. Websites like WebMD and other medical sites help us to self-diagnose before we call the doctor so it is no surprise that according to Google Trends, one of the top keyword searches is “Symptoms”. Cutcaster Collections features lightboxes on many health and medicine subjects including disease and injury, medical illustrations and other images related to medicine.

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Searching For: Funny

Dentist showing white teeth in a dental checkup

Besides cats, our favorite internet distraction is humor.  According to Google Trends one of the most searched for keywords is “funny”, and when you’re trying to attract customers, encourage people to join your mailing list, or  otherwise get your word out, pairing your concept with humor can often be the perfect spoonful of sugar to get your message across.

 

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Featured Collection: Mardi Gras/Carnival

It’s just a month until the international bacchanal masquerade season of Carnival/Mardi Gras begins and we have a collections of images ranging from Rio Carnival to New Orleans Mardi Gras and Carnival in Venice. Give your projects a little festival color with our photos and illustrations!

mardigraslightbox

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Searching For: Love

People are always thinking of love and searching for love, and Google Trends consistently lists “Love” as one of the highest ranking keyword searches. Of course this time of year, as Valentine’s Day approaches, that search trends even higher. Cutcaster has a great selection of love themed vectors and photographs for ad campaigns, dating websites, or wherever you need images of love.

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Wednesday Tech Tip: Better Sports Photography

FIBA Trentino Cup: Portugal vs New Zealand

We’re a couple months away from March Madness, then baseball and the season for summer sports will be upon us. It’s a great time to capture and submit images for those spring and summer sports. ImprovePhotography.com has a great podcast with professional sports photographer Dave Black with lighting tips, composition tips and more.

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