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EPS files, Inkscape and rasterization

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Posted Tue Feb 5, 2013 8:34AM

As I wait for approval to upload on iStock, I thought I'd see if there is an easier way to convert svg (Inkscape standard file format) to eps 8 - as I've been opening and exporting in the latest trial version of Adobe Illustrator (CS6 64bit). Which is rather cumbersome.

I was using Illustrator, as I'd read and understood that Inkscape rasterizes ps/eps file output if there are gradients or transparencies in your image. Well that isn't necessarily true for gradients if you export with option: Postscript level 3.

As it turns out, it's actually Illustrator that is rasterizing gradients when you load an eps file with Postscript level 3 that was exported from Inkscape.

So my question is, if I upload an eps 8 file that is directly exported from Inkscape, will it be rejected because Illustrator may rasterize the gradients when it is loaded?

You can see the rasterization by loading this file in to Illustrator:

Take note that the file file is < 3kb and does not hold a bitmap image as can be seen by loading it in to any text editor.


Thank you in advance for your responses - Cheers.

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Posted Tue Feb 5, 2013 10:15AM
Unfortunately, not very many of our clients work in Inkscape: Most use illustrator so your file will need to be 100% editable vector shapes in order to pass inspection here. Sorry
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