The field of vector graphics is changing daily. New programs and new ways to manipulate vector art images for individual uses become available. The following are some simple concepts you should become aware of as you enter the vector graphic world:
*Objects compose vector graphics and are defined by mathematical equations and not pixels, like photographs.
*All objects within a vector image have paths. These paths are essential for working with vector images to create interesting effects for the end user.
*Vector images are made up of a variety of nodes. These so-called nodes have different characteristics, such as symmetrical or smooth.
*Most graphic software offers the vector designer the use of both bezier and spline types of curves.
*In creating good vector art, compatability is key. With so many programs out there, you should investigate which files are compatible with a variety of programs. Do this first or you will lose valuable time creating vector art!
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