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About vector and bitmap graphics

FreeHand is a vector-based drawing application. A vector object is a mathematical description of a geometric form. Vector paths are defined by points. Because they are described mathematically, vector paths do not show a degradation in quality when you make them larger or zoom in. The leaf in the illustration below is a collection of vector objects. Notice how smooth the leaf's edges appear even when magnified.

Although FreeHand is vector based, you can also work with imported bitmap images. A bitmap image is made up of a grid of colored pixels. Images with complex color variations, such as photographs, are most often bitmap images.

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