JPGs are also limited by colour. They exist only in CMYK or RGB. If you need to match a specific Pantone colour or restrict your printing to less than 4 colours, a vector is a necessity.
As shown above, a JPG is dependent on resolution, too low and you’ll get that “blocky” effect. EPS has no limit on resolution. Resolution is particularly important when using a JPG for print.
Know your file limitations
JPG is a very useful and versatile format with many advantages; small file size, compatible with a wide variety of applications, and no font issues to name a few. They also have very specific limitations. JPG is great for images and works well for many screen applications, but keep resolution in mind and be prepared to work around issues involving background and editing.
If you’ve been asked to provide an EPS or vector file, odds are your designer or supplier is trying to accomplish one of the above while trying to spare you the cost of reworking or recreating your graphic.
If you would like to read more about JPGs (also known as raster graphics) and EPS files (known as vector graphics), visit our blog to learn about the differences.