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Dec 02, 2011 00:30 as a reply to  @ post 13479374 |  #16

By default converting to PDF will re-compress the original JPG and thus will degrade the quality of it. So you need to "uncheck" compression and store the original in PDF.

Yup, I gave them uncompressed PDFs and CMYK .eps files.


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Dec 07, 2011 08:22 |  #17

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Provide it because they asked for it.

That doesn't really help anyone though does it? There is zero possibility of anyone needing an image file saved as an eps.

I guess if someone asked for an image of mine delivered in a magical helicopter made of gold, that flies with an experimental energy source derived from the planet Dumbass after The Great Uninformed Professional Amateur Graphic Designer War of 235643 ZX, I should totally get on it!

Call them back and do a little subtle explaining / educating.


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Dec 07, 2011 08:26 |  #18

I'm an actual professional graphic designer too - in printing and advertising - almost 10 years. There's pretty much no reason to have an image file delivered as an eps. Wait - no, zero reason. Anyone who wanted to convert a jpeg or tiff into a totally useless .eps can certainly do that themselves. Assuming they know how to use photoshop or illustrator. But they're pros, so of course they do!

I would probably deliver a jpeg, tiff, and an eps file. I would deliver all 3 so I don't get another phone call from the client explaining that some 'error' occurred and they actually DO need a jpeg or a tiff. I like to educate and then cover my bases.

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I've been in graphics for over 25 years and I can't think of any reason why they would NEED .eps files, but if they want them why not just give them what they want. If you want to go above and beyond the call of duty provide in .eps AND whatever file format you think would be better.


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Dec 07, 2011 08:31 |  #19

Good points. However I still think that part of our job as graphic/production designers is understanding file formats and conversion. I wouldn't ask for an eps from a photographer. I'd ask for a jpeg or tiff, as uncompressed as possible. Its my job to then use that file properly, whether for print (small or large format) or digital. Besides, no one knows better than I do exactly what role the file will ultimately play in the design. Therefore I can tailor the conversion or output settings in order to give me EXACTLY what I need, meaning no compromises at any point along the workflow.

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Being in the print and publishing profession for the past 15 years I can say that eps is a more valid format than jpg when dealing with print products. There could be a number of reasons why this format is required. Could be as simple as printer workflow/prepress rules that reject jpgs. Could be that the Graphics department uses certain plug ins that will only work with eps or tif. Could be a legacy file issue, a rip issue, or any number of other client requirements.
The publisher I work for requires all native format files as of 2 years ago. Prior to that if was eps for vector art and tif for raster images. There are many small mom and pop shops that still use the older formats as well. I wouldn't be so quick to assume the designer is ignorant.

Most modern shops have upgraded to a native format and/or PDF workflow. For a corporate client that is paying for your service, you should submit them as requested.


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you'd ask for a tiff 100%, always avoid lossy compression when possible.


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