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Currently preferred file formats
« on: July 23, 2009, 12:21:09 PM »
Since I'm stuck using outdated software at work I'm kind of behind on what the preferred file formats are for different kinds of artwork. At work we use EPS for vector art and TIFF for raster-based images. From what I've gathered on the forum, these are no longer the preferred formats. Are .AI files and PSDs pretty much the standard now?

I'm asking because I'm doing freelance design work for one of our salespeople and I want to give her the appropriate file formats on CD. For now I've just been saving them in a bunch of formats so most anyone she handed the CD off to should be able to use at least one of the formats.

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(I guess the salesperson knows the chair of the art department of a large university in the area. She showed him some of the stuff I've designed for her and he was really impressed. I'm not sure it that's a good thing or a bad thing. :laugh: )

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Re: Currently preferred file formats
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2009, 12:28:59 PM »
Okay, if you are running any CS apps, PSD and AI. For pre-CS apps, Quark and OS9 Apps, do what you normally do.
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Re: Currently preferred file formats
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2009, 12:34:26 PM »
Wow, OS9? There are people still running 9?

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Re: Currently preferred file formats
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2009, 12:35:40 PM »

Okay, if you are running any CS apps, PSD and AI. For pre-CS apps, Quark and OS9 Apps, do what you normally do.


So I probably should still save them in multiple formats (AI, EPS, PSD, TIFF) just in case she hands the disk off to someone who's not up to date I guess.

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Re: Currently preferred file formats
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2009, 12:36:43 PM »

Wow, OS9? There are people still running 9?


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Re: Currently preferred file formats
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2009, 12:37:07 PM »
Why not just well made PDFs?
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Re: Currently preferred file formats
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2009, 12:39:36 PM »
Can someone break down the differences between EPS and AI? I've noticed the file sizes are dramatically different and I've been running batches through my vector clipart collections to convert all EPS's to AI. In some cases a 5Mb EPS ends up being under 1Mb once saved as AI.
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Re: Currently preferred file formats
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2009, 12:55:15 PM »

Why not just well made PDFs?


They're just logos so far. :undecided:

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Re: Currently preferred file formats
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2009, 12:55:42 PM »
one major difference between the two...
.eps does not support transparency, the .ai format does

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Re: Currently preferred file formats
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2009, 12:59:45 PM »

Can someone break down the differences between EPS and AI? I've noticed the file sizes are dramatically different and I've been running batches through my vector clipart collections to convert all EPS's to AI. In some cases a 5Mb EPS ends up being under 1Mb once saved as AI.


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« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2009, 01:14:22 PM »
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Re: Currently preferred file formats
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2009, 01:16:55 PM »
You mean I have to click a link? too much work...

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Re: Currently preferred file formats
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2009, 01:19:42 PM »
you think that's a lot of work try actually reading through the entire post!  :cry: :sleepy:
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Re: Currently preferred file formats
« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2009, 01:33:13 PM »
nobody said it was easy...

hell, I didn't read it myself

I'm too lazy

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Re: Currently preferred file formats
« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2009, 09:20:51 PM »

Can someone break down the differences between EPS and AI? I've noticed the file sizes are dramatically different and I've been running batches through my vector clipart collections to convert all EPS's to AI. In some cases a 5Mb EPS ends up being under 1Mb once saved as AI.


My, (very basic), understanding. EPS is a PostScript file, "encapsulated", as its own entity/independent...Bounding Box etc.  For placement in documents as images, text blocks...whatever. By definition, flattened. Basically, uneditable, unless you're a PostScript code geek. PostScript files are usually large files. I've just been archiving this morning. Busy dumping .ps PREPS files, and .ps pages from quack...(old stuff from months ago). File size shrinks dramatically. But I've kept all the (Distilled), PDFs. PostScript is dead...have I heard that somewhere here before?

AI: Depending on what options were ticked at save-time, its make-up can vary. But usually a layered, editable file. In most cases, contains within its bowels an Illy PDF...just hidden, is all.

EPS=Old format=Quack-safe
AI=New fandangle format. Under the Adobe umbrella, therefore Adobe app-compatible.

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