SVG is an image file format that is not image dependent. You can view the SVG file in any web browser, edit it in Adobe Illustrator, or convert it to another file format in Adobe Photoshop.
SVG is an acronym for “Scalable Vector Graphics,” a file commonly used in graphics programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. It is a resolution-independent file format, with which you can enlarge an image to any size without losing image quality. You can open SVG files in different programs and convert them to other formats as needed.
What is an SVG file?
The SVG file format is short for Scalable Vector Graphics and as the name suggests, it is a type of graphic file. Unlike bitmaps (such as JPG and PNG files), SVG graphics are made up of vectors that are a type of geometric object. The file uses XML to describe the image mathematically using vector geometry.
All of this means that SVG files are resolution independent; You can enlarge or reduce the SVG file and it will maintain the sharpness and clarity. Conversely, if you try to enlarge a JPG image, it will quickly become pixelated and blurred because the original image has a certain number of pixels.
When used for the right applications, SVG files can also be compact and efficient, resulting in small file sizes. However, SVG is not the correct file format for every application. It works best with images such as logos, graphs, and other linear images. Very complex organic images, such as photographs, are not best suited to the SVG format.
How do you open an SVG file?
Although SVG graphics are not usually used outside the circle of graphics professionals, the files are easy to open and view using popular software.
The easiest way to view an SVG file is in a web browser. Because SVG uses XML – a text markup language similar to HTML – any modern web browser can render an SVG file. Simply drag the SVG file to a browser like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge and the image will appear in a new tab. However, beware, you will not be able to edit the image.
You can also open an SVG file in many graphics programs. To be able to edit an image in its native vector format, you’ll need to use a program like Adobe Illustrator. If you’re using Photoshop, the image will be automatically converted to a bitmap of a certain size instead – see the next section for details.
How are SVG files converted?
Since SVG is a specialized file format, you may want to convert it to a bitmap file, such as JPG or PNG, to make it easier to use in other applications. One way to do this is with Adobe Photoshop – when you open an SVG in Photoshop, the image is automatically converted to a bitmap of the size you specify. Here are the steps you must follow:
- Click in Photoshop a file and choose Open.
- Find the SVG file and select Open.
- In the net Rasterize the SVG format Select the size you want to convert the image to and click Fine.
- Make any additional changes you can imagine.
- Choose a fileand then export and then Export as.
- In the net Export as Select the type of file you want to create (eg JPG) and click it export.
- Select a location for the file and click Memorizes.
If you don’t have access to a program like Photoshop, or you just want a quick and easy way to convert an SVG file, you can use an online tool like Convertio. To use Convertio:
- click Choose files and select the SVG file.
- In the dropdown menu on the right to me Select the file format you want to convert to (for example, JPG).
- click turns up.
- After a short wait, the file will complete. click Download And save the file to your computer.