iStock Illustrator's Guide and FAQ

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bortonia
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Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:02AM
Hello, and welcome to the Illustration Forum. This is the place where illustrators can get together and talk shop. This forum isn't limited to vector artists, either: We welcome illustrators of all mediums, as well as 3D and Flash contributors. All are welcome.

iStock can be a little overwhelming for illustrators so we have decided to put some helpful links all in one place. The list below covers all of the questions you may have have when starting out as an illustration contributor. You can either browse through this forum thread or click the links in the directory below to go directly to the information you need.

Have fun!

- Bortonia
Illustration Administrator

(Edited on 2013-04-16 12:41:40 by bortonia)
bortonia
Member is a Silver contributor and has 2,500 - 9,999 Photo downloadsMember is a Bronze contributor and has 250 - 2,499 Flash downloadsMember is a Diamond contributor and has 25,000 - 199,999 Illustration downloadsExclusiveExclusive iStockphoto IllustratorExclusive iStockphoto Flash ArtistMember has had a File Of The WeekThis member has lost their last cage match. Consider this the black eye the bully gave you after school by the bike racks.This user has the power to wield the BanHammer, a weapon forged in the fires of hell for that get-off-my-planet quality you can't get anywhere else. You betta reckonize.This member can always be counted on to be amongst the last iStockers standing in the wee hours whenever or wherever we gather. So follow him and be assured of a good time.
Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:06AM
Quick Links

iStock Contributor FAQs: Everything a contributor needs to know about iStock. If you're having an issue, use the 'search' feature to find answers

iStock Vector Submission Requirements
All of our submission requirements for uploading vector illustrations

Getting Started as a Contributor
Explains where to find basic information on iStockphoto, such as our FAQs and Help Forum

DeepMeta for Vectors
This FREE software makes uploading and editing your vectors much faster and easier

iStock Forum Guidelines
What you'll find here, and what should and shouldn't be posted

How to Apply as a Contributor
Where to go if you're ready to apply as a contributor

Raster Illustrations
Instructions on how you can contribute if you're a non-vector illustrator (painting, drawing, digital art, collage, 3D renders, etc)

iStock Contributor FAQs Site
Our new website, which covers all contributor related questions on iStock

EPS Upload Errors
If your browser ever tells you 'This is not an EPS file', please read this!

Pricing Inquiries
Explains our pricing process and where to go if you don't agree

Rejected File Inquiries
Explains how to send an image to Scout for a second opinion

iStock/Getty Images Contact List
A mini 'Contact' list for illustration contributors

iStock Illustration Articles
A list of illustration related articles on iStock

Vector Tutorials
A collection of great tutorials from around the web

Vector Tools
Time-saving plugins, scripts and add-ons for your vector software

Illustrator News
A separate forum thread highlighting the latest illustration related news and announcements

(Edited on 2014-01-03 12:48:55 by bortonia)
bortonia
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Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:09AM
Getting Started as a Contributor

Not sure where to go to find answers to your questions? Don't worry, it happens to everyone when they first start contributing. Here are some great places to begin your iStock exploration.

The Help Forums and FAQs are here to help you get on your feet. If you have any questions or there's something that you don't understand, just drop a message in the forum. There is bound to be somebody who can help you out.

We also have a very comprehensive Contributor Guide. While it mostly focuses on photographers, most of the information in this thread will be useful for contributors of any file type. We strongly recommend you give this a read-through before posting questions in the forums as odds are it's already covered somewhere in this Guide.

If you're feeling lost and can't find your way around the site, check out the Site Map. It may point you in the right direction.

For additional information about who's who around here, please check out this forum thread. It's not always current but it's a good introduction to most of the Admins, Inspectors and iStock/Getty Images staff you might see posting in the forums.

Another great, and oft-overlooked, resource is the little blank field at the bottom of the Forums. This is a search field. Just type in your question, select which forum you'd like to look through and hit the little gray icon with a magnifying glass on it. You'll be amazed at how much information on iStock is living in our forums, waiting to be searched.

(Edited on 2013-11-06 09:37:51 by bortonia)
bortonia
Member is a Silver contributor and has 2,500 - 9,999 Photo downloadsMember is a Bronze contributor and has 250 - 2,499 Flash downloadsMember is a Diamond contributor and has 25,000 - 199,999 Illustration downloadsExclusiveExclusive iStockphoto IllustratorExclusive iStockphoto Flash ArtistMember has had a File Of The WeekThis member has lost their last cage match. Consider this the black eye the bully gave you after school by the bike racks.This user has the power to wield the BanHammer, a weapon forged in the fires of hell for that get-off-my-planet quality you can't get anywhere else. You betta reckonize.This member can always be counted on to be amongst the last iStockers standing in the wee hours whenever or wherever we gather. So follow him and be assured of a good time.
Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:10AM
iStock Forum Guidelines

Our Illustration Forum is a great resource for artists. Here, you'll find discussions on illustration techniques, advice on workflows, gear reviews, and inspiration.

While this forum is an excellent place to hang out, there are times when you're better off opening certain threads in other forums. Here are some forums you'll definitely want to explore:

Discussion: This is the official forum for all iStock related discussions. Check in here for announcements, news and updates from the iStock team.

Critique Requests: This is the only forum on iStock where you are allowed to discuss your rejected files. You can also use this forum if you're looking for feedback on work in progress. Please post all of your rejection questions in this thread: If you try to post them in the Illustration Forum they will be moved.

Help: Can't find something on iStock? Have a question about the site? Having technical problems? Then this is the forum to post in.

Contributor Lounge: This isn't really a forum, but it is where we post important news regarding uploads on iStock. You can check back here by clicking 'Participate > Contributor Lounge' at the top of the page. Oh yeah, this is also where you'll need to go to upload files so you'll probably be here a lot.

(Edited on 2013-03-04 11:23:40 by bortonia)
bortonia
Member is a Silver contributor and has 2,500 - 9,999 Photo downloadsMember is a Bronze contributor and has 250 - 2,499 Flash downloadsMember is a Diamond contributor and has 25,000 - 199,999 Illustration downloadsExclusiveExclusive iStockphoto IllustratorExclusive iStockphoto Flash ArtistMember has had a File Of The WeekThis member has lost their last cage match. Consider this the black eye the bully gave you after school by the bike racks.This user has the power to wield the BanHammer, a weapon forged in the fires of hell for that get-off-my-planet quality you can't get anywhere else. You betta reckonize.This member can always be counted on to be amongst the last iStockers standing in the wee hours whenever or wherever we gather. So follow him and be assured of a good time.
Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:11AM
How to Apply as a Contributor

Once you're all trained up you're ready to apply as an illustrator. Check out the Selling Stock information page for more information on contributing your illustrations on iStockphoto. Here you will find everything you need to apply as a contributor.

(Edited on 2013-03-04 11:23:57 by bortonia)
bortonia
Member is a Silver contributor and has 2,500 - 9,999 Photo downloadsMember is a Bronze contributor and has 250 - 2,499 Flash downloadsMember is a Diamond contributor and has 25,000 - 199,999 Illustration downloadsExclusiveExclusive iStockphoto IllustratorExclusive iStockphoto Flash ArtistMember has had a File Of The WeekThis member has lost their last cage match. Consider this the black eye the bully gave you after school by the bike racks.This user has the power to wield the BanHammer, a weapon forged in the fires of hell for that get-off-my-planet quality you can't get anywhere else. You betta reckonize.This member can always be counted on to be amongst the last iStockers standing in the wee hours whenever or wherever we gather. So follow him and be assured of a good time.
Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:11AM
Raster Illustrations

A 'raster' illustration is any image that's pixel based. This includes scans or photographs of hand drawn mediums (paintings, sketches, mixed media collages, etc). It also includes any artwork created in digital painting programs, or 3D rendering software. However when you go to upload an 'Illustration' here on iStock, you'll see it only supports vector file formats. This doesn't mean that we're not looking for other illustration mediums, though.

It's a little confusing, but all you need to do is submit your application under the 'Photographer' application. You don't need to upload photos, you can just upload your illustrations as RGB JPEG files. Make sure that your scans are super high quality and that there's no dust or scratches, and if you're photographing your own work you'll want to set your camera to max quality and be careful of your lighting.

If you have any questions about uploading raster illustrations please contact Contributor Relations (artists[at]istockphoto.com).

(Edited on 2013-03-04 11:24:16 by bortonia)
bortonia
Member is a Silver contributor and has 2,500 - 9,999 Photo downloadsMember is a Bronze contributor and has 250 - 2,499 Flash downloadsMember is a Diamond contributor and has 25,000 - 199,999 Illustration downloadsExclusiveExclusive iStockphoto IllustratorExclusive iStockphoto Flash ArtistMember has had a File Of The WeekThis member has lost their last cage match. Consider this the black eye the bully gave you after school by the bike racks.This user has the power to wield the BanHammer, a weapon forged in the fires of hell for that get-off-my-planet quality you can't get anywhere else. You betta reckonize.This member can always be counted on to be amongst the last iStockers standing in the wee hours whenever or wherever we gather. So follow him and be assured of a good time.
Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:12AM
EPS Upload Errors
From time to time you might get an error message that reads "The illustration does not appear to be an EPS file". This is a relatively common error, however it's not an error from iStock: It's an error from your web browser.

This most commonly occurs in Firefox (though it can happen in any browser), and it's called a MIME-Type error. Basically, what has happened is your browser is no longer able to identify an EPS file. This error can also affect ZIP files during the application process or when you're trying to upload an alternate ZIP file.

If this happens, all you need to do is switch to another browser to upload your file. The error message will stop as soon as you switch.

(Edited on 2013-03-04 11:24:34 by bortonia)
bortonia
Member is a Silver contributor and has 2,500 - 9,999 Photo downloadsMember is a Bronze contributor and has 250 - 2,499 Flash downloadsMember is a Diamond contributor and has 25,000 - 199,999 Illustration downloadsExclusiveExclusive iStockphoto IllustratorExclusive iStockphoto Flash ArtistMember has had a File Of The WeekThis member has lost their last cage match. Consider this the black eye the bully gave you after school by the bike racks.This user has the power to wield the BanHammer, a weapon forged in the fires of hell for that get-off-my-planet quality you can't get anywhere else. You betta reckonize.This member can always be counted on to be amongst the last iStockers standing in the wee hours whenever or wherever we gather. So follow him and be assured of a good time.
Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:13AM
New Contributor FAQs

After you've applied as a contributor, you're bound to have a lot of questions. We have taken the most commonly asked questions and assembled them into this comprehensive Contributor FAQ site.

This guide covers everything from royalty questions to how different site features work. You should definitely have a read through if you're new to the site.

(Edited on 2013-09-26 14:55:59 by bortonia)
bortonia
Member is a Silver contributor and has 2,500 - 9,999 Photo downloadsMember is a Bronze contributor and has 250 - 2,499 Flash downloadsMember is a Diamond contributor and has 25,000 - 199,999 Illustration downloadsExclusiveExclusive iStockphoto IllustratorExclusive iStockphoto Flash ArtistMember has had a File Of The WeekThis member has lost their last cage match. Consider this the black eye the bully gave you after school by the bike racks.This user has the power to wield the BanHammer, a weapon forged in the fires of hell for that get-off-my-planet quality you can't get anywhere else. You betta reckonize.This member can always be counted on to be amongst the last iStockers standing in the wee hours whenever or wherever we gather. So follow him and be assured of a good time.
Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:14AM
Pricing Inquiries

Once a file has been approved, you may be wondering about why it's priced the way it is. All vector files here have been assigned a price by the inspection team, depending on factors like complexity, attention to detail, and style. You can read more about our pricing structure in our Training Manual.

If you have additional questions about the pricing of your files, please feel free to contact Contributor Relations.

(Edited on 2013-03-04 11:25:07 by bortonia)
bortonia
Member is a Silver contributor and has 2,500 - 9,999 Photo downloadsMember is a Bronze contributor and has 250 - 2,499 Flash downloadsMember is a Diamond contributor and has 25,000 - 199,999 Illustration downloadsExclusiveExclusive iStockphoto IllustratorExclusive iStockphoto Flash ArtistMember has had a File Of The WeekThis member has lost their last cage match. Consider this the black eye the bully gave you after school by the bike racks.This user has the power to wield the BanHammer, a weapon forged in the fires of hell for that get-off-my-planet quality you can't get anywhere else. You betta reckonize.This member can always be counted on to be amongst the last iStockers standing in the wee hours whenever or wherever we gather. So follow him and be assured of a good time.
Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:14AM
Rejected File Inquiries

If you have a question about a rejection you can seek peer feedback in the Critique Forum. It's a great way to get the community's input on files, even if they're just your works in progress. Don't forget to read this thread, which gives instructions on how to post.

If you disagree with a rejection then you may submit a ticket to our Scout team, who can offer further feedback on the rejection. To submit a ticket click the 'Scout' button on the Contact Us page. For more detailed information on submitting to Scout please see this forum thread.

(Edited on 2013-03-04 11:25:24 by bortonia)
bortonia
Member is a Silver contributor and has 2,500 - 9,999 Photo downloadsMember is a Bronze contributor and has 250 - 2,499 Flash downloadsMember is a Diamond contributor and has 25,000 - 199,999 Illustration downloadsExclusiveExclusive iStockphoto IllustratorExclusive iStockphoto Flash ArtistMember has had a File Of The WeekThis member has lost their last cage match. Consider this the black eye the bully gave you after school by the bike racks.This user has the power to wield the BanHammer, a weapon forged in the fires of hell for that get-off-my-planet quality you can't get anywhere else. You betta reckonize.This member can always be counted on to be amongst the last iStockers standing in the wee hours whenever or wherever we gather. So follow him and be assured of a good time.
Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:19AM
iStock/Getty Images Contact List

There are an awful lot of people working for iStock and it can be confusing trying to figure out who to direct which question to. Here is a basic contact list for illustration contributors:

Contributor Relations (artists[at]istockphoto.com or via Contact Us)
All contributor related questions, such as payment inquiries, sales questions, account inquiries, pricing inquiries, etc can go to Contributor Relations

Client Relations (support[at]istockphoto.com or via Contact Us)
Any technical problems, such as problems uploading or site bugs can go to Client Relations.

Scout/File Rejection Inquiries (via Contact Us)
For questions about file rejections please contact our Scout team.

Free File Nominations (sitemail Bortonia)
If you'd like to nominate a Free Vector of the Month for the Illustration page please sitemail member member Bortonia.

Vetta Collection Inquiries
Please check out the Vetta Vectors FAQ Thread (for Exclusive contributors only).

Partner Program Inquiries
Please check out the Partner Program FAQs Thread.

Getty Images Inquiries
If you're interested in contributing to Getty Images please visit the Getty Images Contributor Site.

(Edited on 2013-03-04 11:25:54 by bortonia)
bortonia
Member is a Silver contributor and has 2,500 - 9,999 Photo downloadsMember is a Bronze contributor and has 250 - 2,499 Flash downloadsMember is a Diamond contributor and has 25,000 - 199,999 Illustration downloadsExclusiveExclusive iStockphoto IllustratorExclusive iStockphoto Flash ArtistMember has had a File Of The WeekThis member has lost their last cage match. Consider this the black eye the bully gave you after school by the bike racks.This user has the power to wield the BanHammer, a weapon forged in the fires of hell for that get-off-my-planet quality you can't get anywhere else. You betta reckonize.This member can always be counted on to be amongst the last iStockers standing in the wee hours whenever or wherever we gather. So follow him and be assured of a good time.
Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:20AM
iStock Vector Submission Requirements

Not sure if your vector file meets our EPS (AI10) requirements? Take a read through this thread. It tells you how to find out if your file format is acceptable, and offers some easy tips on how to make it client friendly.

Not sure about what/how to upload a vector to iStock? Check out our handy Vector Training Manual for all the dirt on the required file formats, account information, needed/not needed files and our pricing guidelines.

Unsure why one of your images may have been declined? Feel free to post a large (watermarked!) version of your file in our Critique Request forum. Our community is always willing to help.

Questions about the use of text in a vector illustration? Please read through this forum thread for more information.

Looking for a faster and easier way to get your files online and edit them once they are live? DeepMeta is FREE software for your computer that assists you in uploading and managing your iStock portfolio. Bulk edit your keywords, titles, categories, and descriptions; build up a library of your reference textures and sketches, and upload multiple files at once. It's an absolute must have for iStock vector contributors! You can download your copy of DeepMeta here.

(Edited on 2014-01-03 12:44:42 by bortonia)
bortonia
Member is a Silver contributor and has 2,500 - 9,999 Photo downloadsMember is a Bronze contributor and has 250 - 2,499 Flash downloadsMember is a Diamond contributor and has 25,000 - 199,999 Illustration downloadsExclusiveExclusive iStockphoto IllustratorExclusive iStockphoto Flash ArtistMember has had a File Of The WeekThis member has lost their last cage match. Consider this the black eye the bully gave you after school by the bike racks.This user has the power to wield the BanHammer, a weapon forged in the fires of hell for that get-off-my-planet quality you can't get anywhere else. You betta reckonize.This member can always be counted on to be amongst the last iStockers standing in the wee hours whenever or wherever we gather. So follow him and be assured of a good time.
Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:21AM
iStock Illustration Articles

Vector Do's and Don'ts: Examples of some common mistakes for vector illustrations, and tips on how to fix them

Mobile Vector Drawing Apps: A look at some great drawing programs for your smartphones and tablets

Illustration Trends: A look at what's hot in illustration today

Needs: A comprehensive look at content that iStock is looking for

Auto-Trace Dos and Don'ts: Tips and tricks on how to make the most of your autotrace software

Reference: A comprehensive guide outlining when reference imagery (the sketches/photos you used to create your work) is needed when submitting your illustrations

Photography Tips for Illustrators: A guide to photographing your artwork

Color: Using color to enhance your composition and create a mood

Spot Color: A very detailed and easy-to-read description of what Spot Colors are

Let's Talk Transparency: An introduction to basic transparency effects

The Sketch: Taking your images from the drawing board to the final finishing touches

Vector Figure Shading: How to use gradients when shading your characters

Digital Painting 101: A beginner's guide to the art of digital painting

Making Painted Textures: A great tutorial on how to create your own unique textures

Vector Basics: Common problems clients run into when working with vector files

Raster Media: An introduction to raster media

Global Color: Not sure what Global Colors are? Then this article is a must-read!

Let's Tidy UP-loads: Tips and tricks on how to clean up your vectors

Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space: Adding backgrounds to your images

Proportion: Making your people illustrations look 'right'

Pimp My Vector Ride: Customizing your vector software

Rich Blacks: Give your blacks extra punch on the page

Texture: Adding a textured look to your vectors

The Layered Look: Learn how to maximize layer usage in your vector files

Grunge Construction: How to create grunge effects

Just 5 More Minutes: How to make your images stand out from the crowd

RGB CMYK Q&A: Everything you need to know about the advantages and disadvantages of RGB and CMYK

Combining Vector & Raster Images: How to integrate raster and vector imagery

The Mordy Golding Interview: An interview with Mordy Golding, the Guru behind Real World Adobe Illustrator, SAMS Teach Yourself Adobe Creative Suite All in One, and The Web Designer's Guide to Color.

A Buyer's Guide To Vectors: This article is a must-read for all your vector illustration clients.

(Edited on 2014-02-19 11:38:29 by bortonia)
bortonia
Member is a Silver contributor and has 2,500 - 9,999 Photo downloadsMember is a Bronze contributor and has 250 - 2,499 Flash downloadsMember is a Diamond contributor and has 25,000 - 199,999 Illustration downloadsExclusiveExclusive iStockphoto IllustratorExclusive iStockphoto Flash ArtistMember has had a File Of The WeekThis member has lost their last cage match. Consider this the black eye the bully gave you after school by the bike racks.This user has the power to wield the BanHammer, a weapon forged in the fires of hell for that get-off-my-planet quality you can't get anywhere else. You betta reckonize.This member can always be counted on to be amongst the last iStockers standing in the wee hours whenever or wherever we gather. So follow him and be assured of a good time.
Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:22AM
Vector Tutorials

Vectortuts.com: Comprehensive collection of Illustrator tutorials, from absolute beginner to very advanced

Layers Magazine: Tons of great tutorials and how-to's for illustrators of all skill levels

Lynda.com: The best video tutorials out there, covering all aspects of Adobe Illustrator

AI Real World Illustrator: Adobe Illustrator genius Mordy Golding's personal blog. One of the most comprehensive AI tutorial sites online

GoMedia Tutorials: Step by step tutorials (and videos) on everything from converting your pencil sketches into vectors to creating your own custom scatter brushes

Adobe Illustrator Community Forum: The official Adobe forum for Illustrators, full of tips, tricks and tutorials

Smashing Magazine: Tons of top notch illustration tutorials

Tutorial Outpost: Step-by-step instructions on how to do pretty much anything in AI

N.Design Studio: A wide range of Illustrator tutorials

Vectips.com: Full of handy tips, tricks, and tutorials

VectorDiary: A great vector blog offering tutorials and links to other vector related sites.

Bortonia: All Things Vector: A comprehensive site covering vector techniques from beginner to advanced, plus microstock submission tips

Vectorkid.com: A great resource, with tutorials on how to do everything from creating maps to complex lighting effects

Good-Tutorials.com: Tons of great tutorials from logo designs to blend functions

iStockdiary: Tons of tutorials for all things vector, great stuff!

Sketchpad.net: An excellent 'everything you needed to know about vectors' tutorial

Digital Media Net: Assorted tutorials from building 3D charts to reconfiguring brushes

Illustrationclass.com: A comprehensive start-to-finish classroom site

Illustration Info: A variety of vector tips and tricks

Wonder How-To: Great video tutorials that walk you through many handy AI features

Website Tips: A comprehensive list of tips and tutorials for all things vector

(Edited on 2013-03-04 11:26:23 by bortonia)
bortonia
Member is a Silver contributor and has 2,500 - 9,999 Photo downloadsMember is a Bronze contributor and has 250 - 2,499 Flash downloadsMember is a Diamond contributor and has 25,000 - 199,999 Illustration downloadsExclusiveExclusive iStockphoto IllustratorExclusive iStockphoto Flash ArtistMember has had a File Of The WeekThis member has lost their last cage match. Consider this the black eye the bully gave you after school by the bike racks.This user has the power to wield the BanHammer, a weapon forged in the fires of hell for that get-off-my-planet quality you can't get anywhere else. You betta reckonize.This member can always be counted on to be amongst the last iStockers standing in the wee hours whenever or wherever we gather. So follow him and be assured of a good time.
Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:22AM
Vector Tools

DeepMeta: DeepMeta is FREE software for your computer, that assists you in managing your iStock portfolio. Bulk edit your keywords, titles, categories, and descriptions; build up a library of your reference textures and sketches, and upload multiple files at once. It's an absolute must have for iStock vector contributors!

Select Menu: An absolute life saver. Use this plugin to quickly and easily find open shapes, rasterized objects, and much more in your vector files.

Vector Stock Helper: This awesome script will help you check, clean and export your vector files.

ExtendedSelect for CS4: Working on Windows and can’t find inspection plugins? Look no further, this is the script for you.

VectorBoom Close Shapes: This tutorial explains how to use the knife tool to close shapes in your file. There's also a handy download for a 'Close Shapes' script, which works great in CS6.

Graffix Plugins: A collection of excellent plugins for illustrator, including the 'Select Menu', which will show you where the open shapes in your file are.

NicholasKinney has also graciously shared links to two CS6 open shapes scripts here.

Magic Eraser: This little script will automatically cut and delete vector objects outside your artboard. No more clipping masks or tedious Pathfinder trimming!

Illustrator Addons

These amazing tools make drawing a breeze.

VectorScribe: Hands down one of the most amazing addons for Illustrator we’ve ever seen. Simplify everything with this tool!, it just makes perfect sense!

Point Control: A plugin chock full of path and point editing features. A bargain for only $10!

Better Handles: An Adobe Illustrator tool for creating and editing Bézier curve handles

EZConstrain: A free Adobe Illustrator plugin for changing and resetting the constrain angle

SnapMeasure: A better measuring tool for Adobe Illustrator

Color Lovers: A great site to visit if you’re having doubts about the colors you’re using. Put together your own color palettes and see what’s trendy

(Edited on 2014-01-03 12:42:19 by bortonia)
bortonia
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Posted Fri Jan 3 12:46PM
Make Uploading/Editing a Snap With DeepMeta for Vectors

Looking for a faster and easier way to get your files online and edit them once they are live? DeepMeta is FREE software for your computer that assists you in uploading and managing your iStock portfolio. Bulk edit your keywords, titles, categories, and descriptions; build up a library of your reference textures and sketches, and upload multiple files at once. It's an absolute must have for iStock vector contributors! You can download your copy of DeepMeta here.
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