How to Use Vector-Based Software with WordPress - dummies

How to Use Vector-Based Software with WordPress

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

Vector-based editing software lets you create quality vector graphics and illustrations that can then be saved in raster format for use with WordPress. Many illustrators, cartoonists, and logo designers start with vector editing programs to create vector images.

Two of the most popular vector-based editing programs are Illustrator and CorelDRAW. Whether you create vector files from scratch or edit/manipulate existing vector files, you need to have a vector-based editing program to take full advantage of all the editing tools and features.

Vector image files often have several layers containing complex and extensive design elements that add to the overall image. Programs like Photoshop or PaintShop Pro don’t allow you to expand the layers available in a vector image.

Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator is a vector-image creation and editing program available as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud.

With Illustrator, you can open an existing vector file and manipulate it easily by discovering the layers embedded in it. With the Layers tab, the different layers aren’t available because Photoshop flattens the image. Illustrator leaves the different layers intact for editing and manipulation.


The file types that you most commonly work with and come across for Illustrator are AI and EPS. These are vector image files that you can easily open and edit in Illustrator.


CorelDRAW is a vector-based editing software available as part of the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 ($479). CorelDRAW is currently available only for Windows.

Like Illustrator, CorelDRAW lets you create and edit vector-based images by manipulating the available layers embedded within the vector image file. Within the program, click the layer or curve to select what you need to edit and make it active on your editing screen, allowing you to apply different effects and edit it to your liking.

You can easily open regular vector image file formats, such as AI and EPS, as well as the Corel-specific vector format, CDR.