1. Scalable Vector Graphic aka SVG SVGs are vector image files based on XML used to display graphics on the internet and other environments. They are text-based meaning they are searchable and therefore accessible and readable by screen readers. SVGs tend to be smaller files than other vector-based image formats and therefore ideal for use on the web. Best for: websites, accessibility
2. Adobe Illustrator aka AI Not to be confused with Artificial Intelligence, AI files are a vector file format used specifically for Adobe Illustrator, a popular vector-based drawing program. AI files support layers and transparency, but cannot be embedded online. Because AI files can only be generated from Adobe Illustrator, they are not always ideal for sharing. Best for: images the need to include editable layers
3. Encapsulated Postscript File aka EPS A fairly universal vector file format, EPS files are print-ready and ideal for images or illustrations that may need to be resized. Best for: logos, printing
Digital files come in many formats, and we still have one more file type to cover! Stay tuned for the conclusion of this series on document types!