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Using SVG. By Chris Coyier On SVG SVG is an image format for vector graphics.

Using SVG

It literally means Scalable Vector Graphics. Basically, what you work with in Adobe Illustrator. You can use SVG on the web pretty easily, but there is plenty you should know. Why use SVG at all? Small file sizes that compress wellScales to any size without losing clarity (except very tiny)Looks great on retina displaysDesign control like interactivity and filters Getting some SVG to work with Design something in Adobe Illustrator. Notice the artboard is cropped up right against the edges of the design. A Practical Guide to SVGs on the web. GitHub - mberneti/jquery-svg: A jQuery plugin to apply css styles and js scripts to a SVG which is embedded (using the <object> tag). A Practical Guide to SVGs on the web. Preparing an SVG for use on the web is a simple process and no more complicated that exporting a JPEG or PNG.

A Practical Guide to SVGs on the web

Work as you typically would in your preferred vector graphics editor (Illustrator, Sketch, Inkscape [free], etc [or even Photoshop if you use shape layers]) with the graphic at the size that you expect to use it. I’ll explain a few things I do using Illustrator as that is what I typically use, but the same principles apply to any software. You’ll probably want to convert any text to outlines as it most likely will not show in the correct font unless you plan on styling them with a web font you are using on the page (which you can do!). Don’t worry about expanding all your objects to solid shapes, particularly if you have strokes as you may want to manipulate these on the page and expanding them typically doesn’t make the file size any smaller.

After pseudo-element. How to Scale SVG. By Amelia Bellamy-Royds On scaling, sizing, SVG The following is a guest post by Amelia Bellamy-Royds.

How to Scale SVG

Amelia has lots of experience with SVG, as the co-author of SVG Essentials and author of the upcoming Using SVG with CSS3 and HTML5. Amelia and I both will be speaking on SVG at the upcoming RWD Summit as well! Here, she shares an epic guide to scaling SVG, covering all the ways you might want to do that. It's not nearly as straightforward as scaling raster graphics, but that can be good, because it opens up interesting possibilities. Until you open up your web page in test browsers and discover that some leave huge blocks of whitespace above and below the image, while others crop it off too short. SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics. SVG is not (just) an image Part of the reason that scaling SVG is so difficult is because we have a certain idea about how images should scale, and SVG doesn't behave in the same way.

Raster images like JPG, PNG, and GIF, have a clearly defined size. SVG `symbol` a Good Choice for Icons. By Chris Coyier On SVG You could design an icon set where the icons all had the exact same aspect ratio.

SVG `symbol` a Good Choice for Icons

But that's probably not typically going to be the case. The container around a little beaker icon might be tall and narrow. The container around a little fish perhaps short and long. You probably shouldn't have to think too much about that, but unfortunately you kinda have to when you use an SVG icon system as I've described in the past, because you need to use the viewBox attribute to describe that container/aspect ratio. An improvement is to use the <symbol> element in SVG instead of directly referencing shapes (or a <g>), because you can define the viewBox directly on the <symbol> and then not need one when you <use> it later in an <svg>. An example is in order. Here's two icons with very different aspect ratios, as you can tell from the artboard in Illustrator.

The "Old" Way If we go the <defs>-block route, we might combine them into: Then use them like: The "New" Way Demo It works: The Simple Intro to SVG Animation. This article serves as a first step toward mastering SVG element animation.

The Simple Intro to SVG Animation

Included within are links to key resources for diving deeper, so bookmark this page and refer back to it throughout your journey toward SVG mastery. An SVG element is a special type of DOM element that mimics the syntax of a standard HTML element. SVG elements have unique tags, attributes, and behaviors that allow them to define arbitrary shapes -- essentially providing the ability to create an image directly within the DOM, and thereby benefit from the JavaScript- and CSS-based manipulation that DOM elements can be subjected to. As a teaser of what we're about to learn, check out these demos that are only possible thanks to SVG: There are three significant benefits to creating graphics in SVG rather than using rendered images (PNG, JPEG, etc.): First, SVG compresses incredibly well; graphics defined in SVG have smaller file sizes than their PNG/JPEG equivalents.