LINE RENDERING CATEGORIES

EXAMPLE 1

OPEN PATH

this is how vector lines are formed

EXAMPLE 2

CLOSED PATH

this is a vector box animationa Vector Circle with an animation

EXAMPLE 3

Stroking and Filling Paths

Open and closed path shapes

Although many of the latest versions of many drawing and painting programs are beginning to blur the differences; illustrations fall into two basic categories; (Vector) Line Drawings or (Raster) Bitmap Drawings.

1. VECTOR LINE DRAWINGS:

(Vector Linework Illustrations). This type of rendering can be created using various Illustration programs such as Adobe Illustrator™ or Corel Draw.™ These high-end DRAWING programs feature various pen and brush tools. These tools are used to create straight and curved lines called “paths”. Paths are either open or closed.

OPEN VECTOR PATHS:

Creating a path is similar to a "connect the dots" puzzle. Each time you click your mouse on the page it creates a new "anchor point." Each subsequent click extends the line (path) further creating additional anchor points.

The resulting line is called an OPEN path because it has a distinct point at the BEGINNING and a distinct END point. . Once a desired shape has been created its paths can be painted or stroked. Line thickness and colors can be easily designated. .

CLOSED VECTOR PATHS:

This type of path is CONTINUOUS. It starts and ends at the same point. Squares and Circles are great examples of CLOSED paths. . Because Closed Paths are closed, shapes can be "filled" with endless choices of colors or patterns. .

To print Vector Line Illustrations, your printer will "connect the dots" and fill and stroke each path in the illustration as you've designed them.

NOTE:

Vector Line Drawings DO NOT have resolution or dpi. They can be enlarged or reduced without losing clarity. Line drawings are UNLIKE Bitmap illustrations which are created by pixels instead of lines (paths).