Create Vector Graphics with Open Source Software
Vector graphics consist of shapes, called objects, which are
simple geometric primitives: points, lines, curves, circles, and
polygons. The shapes are all based on mathematical equations, to
images in computer graphics. It is possible to edit each object
separately, for example, by changing the shape, colour, size and
By combining paths that are straight or curved and various colors and
shading very detailed illustrations can be created.
As vector-based images are not made up of a specific
number of dots, they can be precisely scaled without any reduction
in the image quality. Unlike vector graphics, bitmap
images are resolution dependent. This means that it is
difficult to alter the size of a bitmap without sacrificing a
degree of image quality. Vector graphics also have simpler storage, and
the option to convert a vector graphic to a bitmap if needed.
This article identifies the finest open source vector graphics
editors. Vector editors are ideal for technical illustrations,
diagramming, flowcharting, artistic illustrations, promotional posters,
banners, signage, logos, typography, vehicle wraps
and layout. Bitmap editors are more suitable for retouching, photo
processing, photorealistic illustrations, collage, and illustrations
drawn by hand with a pen tablet.
Now, let's explore the 8 vector graphics editors at hand. For
each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description
with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot, together with
links to relevant resources and reviews.
|Vector Graphics Editors
||Vector-based drawing program
vector graphics, illustration and DTP program
||Complete vector graphics editor in the browser (in
vector drawing program
||Vector drawing program for LaTeX using PSTricks
||Vector graphics editor and diagramming tool
to the sK1 illustration program
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