Digitizing Prints: Bitmap vs. Vector


Ed Levy

Ed Levy is an industry veteran and director of software technologies at Hirsch Solutions.

When it comes to digitizing designs for embroidery, file format makes all the difference.

If there’s a chance you’ll have to resize the image, consider using a vector file instead of a bitmap file. 

Bitmaps are pixel-based images that do not retain intelligent properties. That means they’ll continue to distort and get blurrier the more you enlarge them. This includes popular image types like bmp, .jpg, .psd, .gif, .png, and .tif. Alternatively, vector images are based on mathematical equations so you can change their attributes without degradation in quality.