What do you call the action when you transform an image from raster into a vector? Is it "vectorizing" or "vectoring"?
"vector" in the context of digital file formats isn't a verb. As such, neither 'vectoring' or 'vectorizing' is technically correct. Preferably, you'd say some form of:
- creating a vector illustration
- converting a raster image to a vector image
- illustrate using vector illustration software
But, as we all know, humans turn all sorts of nouns and ajectives into verbs and, as such, we should google it (see what I did there!?)
- "vectoring an image" = 315,000 results
- "vectorizing an image" = 103,000 results
Is that grammatical proof of anything? No. Not really.
Vectorizing is what i've seen everywhere.
In computer graphics, image tracing, raster-to-vector conversion or vectorization is the conversion of raster graphics into vector graphics.
- Raster ~ Vector
Rasterize ~ Vectorize
Rasterizing ~ Vectorizing
To me the terms "Vectorize/Vectorizing" don't sound right in my ears. But that alone doesn't make them incorrect. The English language is a constantly evolving thing. Given "vector"'s direct counterpart, these would be the correct usage. You wouldn't ever be "rastering". So, conversely you would never be "vectoring" either in the context of digital images.
Note that "Vector" has more definitions than "raster". You can be "vectoring". It's a physical movement, however, not a digital image adjustment. i.e. "vectoring to coordinates".