Custom Illustrations


Please feel to contact me if you would like a custom illustration created. Take note of the formats mentioned below and provide me with as much information and reference material as possible for the image that you require.
Raster head


Raster graphics are defined by a grid of pixels at a fixed resolution and are usually saved as a .gif, .jpeg or .png format, which are the formats that you would currently view most graphics on the web. They consist of an array of pixels of various colours, which when placed together, form an image just like a digital photograph. Raster images are ideal for more artistic effects because colour gradations and tonal effects can be created smoothly. This is the best format to use if you want an image that looks like it has been traditionally rendered by hand. When enlarged excessively, each pixel increases in size and as a consequence, the image loses quality and appears "blocky". I usually work to as large a size as possible so that quality is maintained on reduction.
Vector head


A vector graphic, such as an Adobe Illustrator® .eps or .ai file (if used in those file formats) is more of a 'line art' option. It is composed of precise paths, or lines, that are either straight or curved. The data file uses mathematics to describe the shapes that make up an image and the specific information contains the points where the paths start and end, how much the paths curve, and the solid colours that borders or fills the paths. Since vector graphics are not made of pixels, they are therefore ideal for print design, the images can be scaled to large sizes without losing quality – for example the image quality will look the same on a business card as it will on a billboard.


Please note that all vector images created in Illustrator will be rasterized if saved for web, that is, converted into the small dots that make up the raster format.

The main deciding factor as to whether you would like a vector or raster image is how you want your image to 'look' which is better explained by viewing the two samples on the left of the explanation. Click on them to see the images in their entirety.

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