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Chapter 15. Collage > Saving Vector Data

Saving Vector Data

If you plan on saving your image and using it in a page layout program (instead of using it for a web site), then you'll need to be careful about how you save it; otherwise, the crisp edge of your path may be lost. Remember when I said that a path is different from pixels in that it's made out of points and directional handles? Well, technically, that's known as vector information, whereas images made from pixels are known as raster information. In order to maintain the crisp edges of your paths, you'll need to save your image in the EPS or PDF file formats (which support vector data). Not only that, but you'll have to turn on the Include Vector Data check box (Figure 15.117) when saving your file. (This option shows up only after you click the Save button.) There's one last thing: Your paths will only print with crisp edges if you print to a PostScript output device like a $500+ laser printer. Most inkjet printers don't understand PostScript, so your image has the potential of appearing jaggy on those.

Figure 15.117. Saving an EPS file.



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