What are Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)?
3rd January 2014
SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics. It’s an XML-based image file type.
Advantages of SVG
- Unlike bitmap based image files like jpgs which remain the same size, they’re scalable. That means the resolution will change to fit the viewing window without loss of clarity
- You’ll typically find they have smaller file sizes than jpgs and gifs
- You can apply filter effects, transformations, clipping, and masking
- You can export them from programs you probably already know, including Illustrator
- You can create animations without any third party plugins (like Flash)
Where to use SVG
SVG is ideal for logos, icons, animations, illustrations and other web graphics.