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SVG Files

What are they and how to use them?

Here’s everything you need to know about SVG files, including when and how to use them and answers to common questions.

What is an SVG file?

SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphic and it’s a 2D image or graphic file type. SVG files use mathematical equations and sets of rules about shapes, lines, and elements to produce graphics. SVGs are essentially XML code explaining shapes that should be displayed, the colors that should be exhibited, and where each shape should appear in relation to other shapes within a file. 

The SVG markup language was developed starting in the 90s by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Proposals from six different teams played a role in the development of SVG, along with a heavy influence by Chris Lilley (W3C) and Jon Ferraiolo (Adobe).


What programs can open and edit SVG files?
There are lots of free and paid programs you can use to open, edit, and convert SVG files. 

Free software

  • Inkscape

  • SVG-Edit

  • Vectr

  • Animator

  • GIMP

Paid software 

  • Adobe Illustrator

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • CorelDRAW

  • SVGator


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