What is a PDF file?
A PDF file is a widely used graphic file type in which vector files are saved.
The main feature of an PDF file is that it can be enlarged and reduced indefinitely without loss of quality.
A pixel file (like a JPG) is the counterpart of an PDF. The main difference between the two is that a pixel file becomes blocky when enlarged (as shown in the image above). An PDF file can be magnified indefinitely without loss of sharpness.
What does the abbreviation PDF mean?
PDF is the abbreviation for Portable Document Format. This is the name of the file type. These files are also often described as .pdf.
Why do I need a PDF?
Because a PDF file stays sharp when enlarged, they are often required for printing. This is useful for the printing company where you have your car stickers made, for example. The printer can enlarge and reduce your logo without losing sharpness. With a PDF, your printing will always be razor sharp.
Don’t have the time or inclination to do this yourself? Then let a specialist, such as ViaVector, do it for you.
I have a PDF, but it is still not sharp, how is this possible?
This is because it is actually a pixel file, which is saved as a PDF. This way, only the file type changes (for example from PNG to PDF). The most important thing does not change; the structure of the file. This remains in pixels instead of vectors.
The solution is simple: the pixels in the file must be converted to vectors. Don’t feel like doing this yourself? We can help you with that.
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