What’s a Vector?
Unlike a bitmap file such as a jpeg which is pixel based, a vector image file is made up of geometric primitives such as points, lines, curves…etc, which are all based on mathematical expressions, to represent the image. Essentially this means that a vector image is mathematically scalable to any size, large or small. The advantage with a vector is that unlike a bitmap jpeg or such there is no pixel resolution to take account of and no loss of definition after re-sizing the image.
If I use a RetroVector file in my design how does the copyright affect me?
If you’ve used a RetroVector file or files along with other elements to create an original composition or layout then the copyright for this new original piece of work belongs to you. This stock files supplied on this website are here to be used and progressed into new work and ideas. If you have created something and used any of the RetroVector stock files the copyright for your new work is most certainly yours.
Can I use RetroVector files in a logo?
Yes. However I wouldn’t recommend simply taking a stock image and attaching a organisation name in a font. A more considered approach is definitely warranted to create a mark/identity that is truly original. But then that’s the task of any designer…don’t be a lazy designer. Neither the client nor yourself benefits in the long run.
Can I use RetroVector files in commercial work?
Yes you can. None of the downloadable stock files contain any material that either isn’t out of copyright or that isn’t created specifically for this website. One of the prime motives for the RetroVectors website is to create commercially friendly files for, students, amateur and professional designers, bloggers, web developers…etc…
Where do the stock files come from?
The RetroVector stock files come from many hours work. The Victorian material is taken from newspapers, scientific journals, print catalogues, product catalogues…all kinds of original ephemera from the day. This material is scanned at high resolution and as much noise from poor printing and old paper is removed as possible without being too ridiculous. I then use a few tricks I have developed to create the best possible vector material. The files in the other sections cover periods where copyrights are still in effect. There are a few items of scanned generic clipart that has been stripped back of all original identity but otherwise the rest of the content has been inspired by the style of the periods and created for and are unique to this website.
Can I use items in the inspiration pages to create designs?
Yes and No. Yes you can derive ideas and be inspired to create you own original work off the back of what you might see. No in that I wouldn’t recommend using any actual aspects of other peoples design in any commercial work. Some of the inspiration material is quite recent and outside of any victorian material the copyright is still held by the designer/organisation.
I don’t have Adobe Illustrator or any other vector editor. How can I open these files?
Checkout INKSCAPE. This is a free opensource vector graphics editor that can open pdf vector files. You can convert the.eps vector files from this site into a pdf file at http://convert.neevia.com It looks like Inkscape will soon be able to handle .eps files but in the meantime you’ll have to use the pdf workaround. I’ll be honest…Inkscape is not the best means of manipulating vector files but I’ve not found a better free open source option yet.
I don’t have a vector programme but I do have photoshop.
Can I use RetroVector stock files in Photoshop?
Yes. Place the RetroVector file into your Photoshop Doc. The whole file will be visible so once you have sized the element you want you will then be able to delete the rest of the content if any from the Photoshop page. The vector will import as a smart object so you can re-size as many times as you like without losing quality. However to make any adjustments to the vector in Photoshop you’ll need to rasterise it. You do this with the layer selected and by using the dropdown menu in the layers window.
Can I use RetroVector files in word?
Not straight out of the box. The .eps file will open in word but will contain all the content which you probably won’t want. These files have been built with professional design software in mind. I can’t really advise on Microsoft products other than to suggest you get hold of some decent software if you want to be creative.