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Scalability

Although they are not as popular as raster graphics, vector graphics have one feature that makes them invaluable in many applications — they can be scaled without loss of image quality. As an example, here are two drawings of a cat. Figure 1-3 was made with raster graphics; Figure 1-4 is a vector image. Both are shown as they appear on a screen that displays 72 pixels per inch.

Raster image of cat
Figure 1-3. Raster image of cat
Vector image of cat
Figure 1-4. Vector image of cat

When a display program zooms in on the raster graphic, it must find some way to expand each pixel. The simplest approach to zooming in by a factor of four is to make each pixel four times as large. The results, shown in Figure 1-5, are not particularly pleasing.


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