SVG vs PNG - What's the difference?

SVG vs PNG - What's the difference?

Hey all you cool, crazy crafters! I wanted to take a few minutes to explain the difference between SVG and PNG files. I've seen a lot of people getting upset or frustrated after they purchase a file and it's not what they thought it was. Let me just say, PLEASE READ THE PRODUCT DESCRIPTION!  I know this can be really confusing, but please know what you are purchasing with you checkout. Every file seller I've talked to or worked with has very detailed listing. Take the time to read it and if you still have questions, shoot me a message! I'm pretty quick about replying back!


Proper Definitions:

SVG and PNG both are a type of image format to store images. SVG is a vector based image format where an image is represented by set of mathematical figures and PNG is a binary image format and it uses lossless compression algorithm to represent image as pixels.

Following are the important differences between SVG and PNG.

Sr. No. Key SVG PNG
1 Stands for SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics. PNG stands for Portable Network Graphics.
2 Image type SVG image is vector based. PNG image is pixel based.
3 On Zoom SVG image quality remains same while zooming. PNG image quality degrades while zooming.
4 Basis SVG images is made up of paths and shapes. PNG images is made up of pixels.
5 Editable SVG images are editable. PNG images are not editable.
6 Extensions SVG images use .svg extension. PNG images use .png extension.
7 Usage SVG images are used in devices using high resolution images.

PNG images are generally used in image creation.


Oklahoma Gypsy Definitions:

SVG files are for cutting! When you are using vinyl in your Cricut or Silhouette, you want to use a SVG. SVG's can be made super large and you'll never loose quality.

PNG files are for printing on waterslides, printable vinyl or even card stock. PNG images do not have a background. They are great for getting more detail on your project. Unlike SVGs, if they are made larger, they will loose detail and become pixelated!

The most important thing to ask yourself before you purchase a file is this: What will I be using it for? If you are going to print on a waterslide or printable vinyl, PNGs are good to go! If you are going to use vinyl, SVGs are your new best friend! 


This is a great example that shows how a PNG can become pixelated over time. SVG's will always be crisp and clear!

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