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Which format is better for saving images intended for websites; PNG or SVG?

When exporting / saving images with a transparent background that are intended for websites, should I save it as PNG or SVG? Why?
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What are the differences between vector graphics and raster graphics?

I understand from prior knowledge that there are two different image format / composition options available for creating images; raster and vector. I would like to understand more about them, such as ...
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How can I protect my job from a client publishing it elsewhere?

I am designing a brochure of 1,872 pages for a client. This client is asking me provide him with a copy of the job. I am 100% sure if I provide a copy this job is gone. He will print it elsewhere. ...
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What's the difference between saving a vector as .AI and saving as .EPS

Is there any benefit to saving as an .ai file? I know that .eps files can be opened in many programs, but .ai files, I think, would only be opened in Illustrator. Should I bother saving in an .ai ...
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Do SVG images look better scaled down than a high resolution png, jpg or gif?

I know that if you want to scale-up an image, then a SVG is a wise choice. However, my situation is that I have icons that I want users to be able to upload via a CMS. SVGs are just that bit ...
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How can I edit an .SVG file?

Wikipedia has an extensive set of anatomy SVGs, but I can't highlight different organs or parts dynamically, because there are no source files with layers I can manipulate in Photoshop or GIMP. How ...
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Can't save PSD as JPEG

I have a PSD file with one layer. When I try to save as JPEG it doesn't show JPEG and other formats as an option. It only displays a limited set of formats (5) including Photoshop. When I manually ...
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What advantages/disadvantages do specific font formats have for print production?

Fonts can be purchased or downloaded in several formats: TrueType OpenType Postscript Type 1 Postscript Type 3 Multiple Masters I realize that OpenType and TrueType are universal formats which ...
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When saving, I'm not getting all the Photoshop image formats as options

So I've edited a photo in Photoshop and I try to save it as a .jpeg, only it doesn't give me all the options for formats; no .png or anything. Why is this? Anyone have any suggestions or know any ...
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How to convert Sketch files to a layered Photoshop file?

I was wondering if there was an easy way to convert Sketch files to a layered Photoshop file? Sketch exports TIFFs, PNG and JPEG but they are all flattened. Anyone else have to do this? Any ...
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How to convert a WOFF2 webfont into a TTF desktop font?

Googling leads me to everythingfonts . com which is down, at least for the last two days but it may have been down for a while. Googling "woff2 to ttf" -everythingfonts has very few results ...
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What is the easiest way to reduce the file size of a TIFF without losing too much of the image's quality?

I have a few high res TIFF files I'd like to reduce in size as they are currently around 20 MB, but need to get them down to no more than 10 MB so I can upload them to a website. Is there a way I can ...
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How to group ico files

A while ago I noticed some .ico files actually came in "packs" that contained the same image in different sizes. I now need to create one of those packs (I have 10 different sizes). Do I need a ...
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1answer
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Is Inkscape suitable for design (logo, branding) on the West?

I'm novice designer from Russia, already make a fistful of projects (logo, branding, etc). All my work I do in Inkscape, really love it - but in Russia nobody hear about *.svg, customers want *.ai, ...
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Flattened PSD documents

When working on several Photoshop PSD documents that have the same document dimensions (size and resolution) in the same RGB colour space, why do they end up with different file sizes when flattened ...
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Website header graphics size and format

I am making some graphics for a website header. I will be drawing them in Adobe Illustrator. How large should I make them so that they do not end up blurry and how should I save them? Any ...
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What is the best format I can export or save a logo in for print and web?

I have created a logo in Illustrator. In which file format / document settings should I save it so I can use it for creating a card in InDesign (print) and for placing it in a website?
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Retain Blending Mode after saving to .svg? (Illustrator)

I'm a little new to illustrator. I designed a little logo in illustrator that comprises of several layers. Now because I have some of this layers interact with each other different using the blend ...
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When resaving JPEGs, the file size increases, but the quality is not changed – why?

I was experimenting with JPEG quality loss upon resaving and noticed that not only (even after four resaves) did the quality not degrade (down to pixel level), but the file sizes actually increased by ...
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Is there any way to convert 'AI' and 'EPS' to corel draw format (.cdr)?

Is there any way to convert 'AI' and 'EPS' to corel draw format (.cdr)? My client want to rework from their existing AI and EPS to corel draw.
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Handle a transparent layer in Targa file

I need to create some Targa file in order to load them in OpenGL (I can only use .tga ..). I created my images on Photoshop, I set a transparent background but when I save my file it's totaly opaque. ...
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Automatically save a jpg along with AI file?

In Photoshop we have "Save Extra JPEG" in Script Event Manager which saves a jpg automatically with the psd file. Do we have something similar in Illustrator?
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What file formats should I send to my client for his logo? [duplicate]

I've been reading different articles and such and have come to the conclusion that I should send him: -ai file -eps file -jpg file -pdf file -png file Should I include anything else or is that ...
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Rountrip from Illustrator->PowerPoint->Illustrator

I have a fair amount of experience working with Illustrator from taking some graphic design classes in high school. I've recently started working in a biomedical research lab that makes all of their ...
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How to create a crisp favicon

I have been trying to create a favicon for my website for sometime and I cannot get it to be crisp. It is a simple Favicon. This is the best I could make it, The W will not be crisp. Is this favicon ...
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Share printing material in an online gallery

What would you say would be the best, simplest way to share images and design source files online that can be freely downloaded and printed, and so people can upload their own files? We would like to ...
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Saving an 8-bit grayscale image as a 2-bit image

Assuming there's an 8-bit grayscale image; what's the simplest method to save it as a "2-bit per pixel" image? Is it a binary image or something else (like a colormap image)? In the case of binary, ...
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How to reduce the file size of a web banner image with Photoshop?

I need to change the file size of an image I created in Photoshop without changing the dimensions for a banner ad on the web. How do I do this?
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Best file format for text logo for use in Word, Web, PDF

I have no previous knowledge in graphics at all. I decided to re-create our company logo using adobe illustrator since that's what everyone said would be best. I would use this logo on Microsoft ...
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Saving an image created in MS Word as .eps

I have created an image in MS Word using the Shapes tools, so on my hands is a .docx (or at best .pdf) file. Now I have to have an .eps file from the contents. I tried converting the .pdf to .eps but ...
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1answer
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Data loss when e-mailing files: is it relevant, and how to prevent it?

Only recently I came across the possibility that e-mailing files may change and damage those files. Especially when mailing *.jpgs to web-based mail servers like Gmail or Outlook.com: I wouldn't be ...
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1answer
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How does this image interleave from grayscale to color?

I came across this image (re-uploaded below) that seems to load with interleaving on. There is also another pass between the blue/yellow pass that is a lower resolution full-color version of the ...
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File format standard for Printing Photo Books/Albums

Is there a standard for Printing Photo Books and File Formats? Is it supported by all type of printers. Is it open or proprietary? Is there a Wiki page about this? "Printer" here means commercial ...
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What are the differences between PSD and TIFF files saved from Cinema 4D?

I was wondering which format is most appropriate to save for print and digital applications? I was originally taught to save as TIFF for print. When I save out a still from Cinema 4D (R13), the TIFF ...
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2answers
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Is there a way to convert CorelDraw version 11 files to CorelDraw version X3 files?

Is there a way to convert CorelDraw version 11 files to CorelDraw version X3 files? I have files in CorelDraw 11 to be converted to the X3 version.
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Export of Indesign page thumbnails to PDF xmp metadata

This is a technical question about InDesign/PDF XMP metadata. I'm trying to build a simple document indexer in PHP, making use of XMP information in the files indexed; i.e. PDF:s exported from ...
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1answer
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Photo distorts terribly on Facebook [duplicate]

I've designed a logo which looks high res in photoshop. But really distorts in Facebook. I understand that Facebook converts the image, but compared to similar logos, it looks bad. Any ways around ...
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1answer
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Why is Illustrator 10 moving my letters and outlines when I open a file?

I have a file that was originally created in CorelDrawX5 as both a dwg and pdf. I have opened both in Illustrator CS6 and they work fine. I then saved it as an eps and ai for my supplier to work ...
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My printer is asking me for a huge jpeg that makes AI run out of memory. How do I fix that?

I require a 10ft x 10ft banner. My printer asked HI-resolution .jpeg file in actual size (1:1), but when I make the .jpeg file, pop up show I get an error of insufficient memory. How much memory is ...
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How to open an Illustrator CS6 document in Illustrator CS5?

When I open an Adobe Illustrator CS6 document with the previous version, CS5, I get the error: Created with a newer version of Illustrator and can't use the file. Is there a way around this?
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Reduce image size

Hi I made a poster in photoshop but the image size is really big 15mb, as I live in a small town and have to email this to printers it is a bit of a problem. I was asked to get it down to around 4mb ...
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Export InDesign CS5 file for Corel Draw

I'm sometimes giving small adverts that I created in ID CS5 to a local newspaper. They are building their stuff in Corel. They usually want me to either give them an image (as in jpg) or a pdf file. ...
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Industry standard file format deliverables for logos? [duplicate]

During an academic discussion regarding file formats I received from a most excellent designer, I thought I was correct in writing (based on my experience with hired work): ...the industry ...
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Is Alembic worth paying attention to?

About a decade ago, COLLADA hit the scene, and it was supposed to solve all of our 3D graphics interchange problems. Maybe it does that for some people, but my experience is that everyone interprets ...
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Is there a script to export illustrator image as multiple file types, colours, sizes?

I have 6 different logos to each be individually saved as Black >> CMYK / RGB >> JPG / TIFF / EPS Colour >> CMYK / RGB >> JPG / TIFF / EPS White >> CMYK / RGB >> JPG / TIFF / EPS Is there a script ...
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Program to export SVG to print and animation?

I would like to create animated SVG diagrams for use on Web, as well as conventional print. At present I draw my conventional pictures on CorelDraw 12. When it comes to SVG I have no experience, but ...
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What image type and resolution is ideal for a logo inside of a Android Mobile Application?

I have a png of a logo I am trying to import into my Android Application. However, it is looking extremely pixelated when I import it into my mobile app. The image is 538px by 113 px with a resolution ...
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How do I convert a Keynote file to a high resolution PSD?

I mocked up several marketing materials for my team in Keynote, and I'd like to convert them into high res files (preferably PSDs or JPGs) to upload to a printing site (like Vistaprint). I've tried to ...
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What logotype files should i give to a FASHION client? & what thickness of logo elements is minimal?

I made a Logotype for my client, who is designing a casual leather fashion. I know that a similar question was asked allready, but I have to add something more, because this logotype goes not only ...
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SVG exported to EMF loses precision, but exported as PNG looks fine

I am Windows desktop programmer that needs to convert certain SVG into EMF in order to use it for programming. My graphics design skills are at beginner level, but I have managed to convert SVG file ...