Posted Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:03PM
AI10 EPS File Upload Guidelines
We recently announced that we will be upgrading our maximum file format requirements from AI8 to AI10 EPS files.
This is big news for our contributors and today we're happy to announce that we are opening up our collection to AI10 EPS vectors.
Here are some guidelines on our new file format standards.
What you can upload
As of today, you now have the option to save your vectors as AI10 EPS files. This means you will have access to a variety of effects that you couldn't use in AI8 such as transparencies, transparent blends and drop shadows.
To help introduce some of these new effects, we have prepared an article that offers some simple tips and tricks for creating transparency effects in AI10.
Saving AI10 EPS Files
Depending on what version of Illustrator you're using, you can either go File > Save As or File > Export to save your file. Choose Version 10 or lower from the drop down menu.
To tell if your illustration is AI10 compatible, you will need to search the file's Exif for the following line of code: 'Creator: Adobe Illustrator(R) 10.0'. It's not listed at the top of the file like it was in AI8 but a simple Find (Command-F) will bring it up.
For non-Illustrator users, don't worry. Any EPS file you save will be compatible and OK to upload. We'll accept any EPS file that's AI10 or lower.
As always, please make sure you're reopening your EPS file after you've saved it to check for any technical problems that might have occurred during the downsave. You won't get open shapes from using transparencies anymore, but you should still double check for any other problems.
Uploading AI10 EPS Files
Our upload system will remain the same: You'll need your AI10 EPS, a high resolution JPEG and you're still welcome to include optional files in your 'Extras' folder.
Apart from requiring detailed Image Descriptions and checking for the file version, nothing else will change in terms of inspection standards. We will still be rejecting for our usual technical requirements which include files containing open shapes, unexpanded fill and stroke effects, text focal elements, rasterized objects, sliced gradients, and so on.
For more information on our technical standards please refer to the Stock Illustration Manual.
It's going to take some time for all of us to wrap our heads around a new file format. Our inspection standards will likely evolve over time based on both contributor and client feedback. We appreciate your patience as we work to develop the best solutions for everyone involved.
For more discussion on this topic, please refer to this forum thread.
(Edited on 2013-02-13 16:03:02 by bortonia)
Posted Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:19AM
So far, all transparency effects we've tested work fine as AI10 EPS files with one exception: Creating transparencies within a gradient. This effect wasn't around when AI10 was released and it's causing problems when people try to save previews of their files. For more information on this effect please see this forum thread.
Posted Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:02PM
Moving forward we will be scrapping the requirement that you add your file version into your Image Description upon upload. It seems to be causing far too much confusion for contributors, however we still strongly, strongly suggest you include this information upon upload as it's one of the most frequent requests we get from clients along with information on how the file shapes are grouped, layered, and the color space used.
Posted Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:16PM
It looks like we've found another transparency effect that's causing problems when saved down to AI10 EPS files: Drop shadow effects created in Adobe Illustrator CS6.
CS5 and lower drop shadows still work fine in AI10, but if you're working in CS6 you'll want to avoid using drop shadows as they rasterize (flatten) when saved down to AI10. For more info please see this forum thread.