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I have managed to create a good looking vector model in Illustrator and I want to improve it by adding some textures. Will this make my model a raster image and no longer a vector?

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  • But be careful in Photoshop the deal is different
    – joojaa
    Commented Jan 6, 2017 at 17:54

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In an Illustrator file you can have both vector shapes and raster images. Saving this artwork as AI will not transform your raster elements to vector. So any image/photo/texture included in an AI file stays raster, and this will not affect your model (artwork) which will be saved as vectors. In the end your AI file will contain both vector and raster objects.

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  • What if I then made my image bigger?..Will it lose quality?
    – Casanova
    Commented Jan 6, 2017 at 17:04
  • You can use high resolution images/textures. They will still be raster, not vector, but will print better than low resolution images, if that's your concern.
    – Lucian
    Commented Jan 6, 2017 at 17:12
  • @MrCSS depends on the texture. Textures in a vector application can be placed and scaled again. so you might or might not.
    – joojaa
    Commented Jan 6, 2017 at 17:12
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    If the texture is at least 1920x1080 and will not grow more than it's original resolution, then you would probably be fine on most monitors. (There are higher quality ones out there now, so you could still get issues on bigger monitors). If it's 1920x1080 but it never reaches it's full size, then it could even work on higher resolution monitors. As joojaa pointed out -- it all depends on texture size and grow amount. (note 1920x1080 is kind of just an arbitrary amount I chose)
    – Hanna
    Commented Jan 6, 2017 at 18:20
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    @Johannes, joojaa, Lucian, Yorik Thank you very much !..I get it now :)
    – Casanova
    Commented Jan 6, 2017 at 18:49

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