Bitmap images like JPEGs, GIFs, and PNGs all look awful when you scale them up, so if you want to maintain quality at large dimensions you have to increase file size. SVG images however (which stands for Scalable Vector Graphics) look exactly the same, regardless of the dimensions they’re scaled to and they keep the same file size.

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I recently decided to switch back to Firefox, having been a Chrome user for a number of years. When I had last used Firefox in earnest, working with dev tools was all about the Firebug extension. Firefox did have some in built tools, but at the time they weren’t as strong as Firebug or Chrome’s dev tools. On my return I found things have changed!

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Gravit Designer is, in my opinion, the next big vector editing program. It’s user friendly, professional grade, and truly cross platform in that it works in the browser, on Linux, Mac, ChromeOS and Windows, and will at a later date be available on iPad and Android too. It’s under active development with new features being added at a fast rate.

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Pixel art is often viewed as just a retro style of graphics made for the purpose of nostalgia; a throwback to the early days of video games. However to me, and many other lovers of pixel art, it’s the precision, intricacy and aesthetic born of meticulously placing each pixel onto a miniature stage that truly makes it a wonderful and fascinating art form–one that belongs just as much today as it did yesteryear. Outstanding pixel artists often remind me of artisans who create tiny ships in tiny bottles; achieving a lot with a little is always impressive.

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