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When someone refers to manipulating graphical elements in a photo, wallpaper, background, etc. and they say they "vectored" something or that something in an object is a "vector"... what the holy fuck are they talking about?

I've never seen that word used that way and suddenly it seems it's being used to refer to something very specific that I just don't get.

Are these fuckers referring to putting a dark line around something? I've seen people refer to posterizing things as "vectoring" theme.... which is a goofy and pretty incorrect use. Is this just more of the same?

I'm old and I don't understand. Help me.

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punkalicia
Jul. 25th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
i have no idea what level of graphics crap you do, so i dunno if you've played with photoshop CS2 and CS3. buy, you can now have actual vector objects, without rasterizing them when imported.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vector_graphics

and "vectoring" something is pretty specific, but i'm betting $5 is being used incorrectly: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raster_to_vector

in other news: a mosquito bit the bottom of my foot. i'm not even sure how to begin dealing with that.
maddening
Jul. 25th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
Okay ... That makes total sense. I don't do a lot myself but I usually "get the process behind things. These people are using "Vector" to describe any addition or subtraction of elements from an image - which is just... uh... adding and subtracting elements. heh. So when they say "nice vectoring" they mean "you did a good job of making all the layers of your project look cohesive".

*bottom* of your foot is fucked up


punkalicia
Jul. 25th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
i'm going to stifle my nerd fury upon hearing that misuse.

but i will have you know: i am twitching like a mofo over here.

yeah, i'm confused as to how it got under there, myself. but since the little fuckers delight in screwing with me, i figure: at least it's not a joint this time.
maddening
Jul. 25th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
Speaking of which... I just took the dog out... swatted away mosquitoes several different times... still ended up with a bite on my right elbow and my left elbow pit.

fucking bug fuckers.
skreidle
Jul. 27th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
Hmm.. maybe it's absorbed a corporate buzzword somewhere? I know that in blogs, folks sometimes us "vector such_and_so" to indicate the source of a link or piece of info--not that that applies here, but maybe there's something similar going on. (However, I'm inclined to think "bastardization of vector graphics.")

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