I have recently completed a package design for a client.

He has now asked for the artwork file (AI) so the printers can set up the dye cut etc, he has specified the need for all artwork included.

My question is should I hand it over or is there an alternative as I don't want them to have the ability to alter my design without my consent as well as if changes are needed in the future I want them to be coming to me for it.

  • Hi user122812, the work of the graphic designer is not only the design but also includes the prepress, explaining this to your client, you can not ask the printing contact to deal directly with them about the files changes?
    – user120647
    Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 9:53
  • This question/answers can help.
    – user120647
    Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 10:00
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    Your contact and licensing option should handle the issue of them not altering your work.
    – joojaa
    Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 10:12

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Keep The Clients Happy :)

Ideally, you should have an agreement that both you and the client signed detailing the terms of the contract. This is to prevent these types of situations.

If you don't have a contract, then the client has no right to the files unless a court determines there is enough evidence that they have entitlement.

However, I would recommend handing all the files over. It's better business practice to keep clients happy. They might even recommend you if you do.

However, if you think you might suffer loses by handing the files over, you could hand them over with terms. Most clients would be more than pleased to accept this.


Alternatively, you could flatten the image so it's not editable and export to the correct format and size for printing, which doesn't have to be an AI file.

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    Thank you yes makes sense what you are saying, I do not have a contract with him but think I might drop him an email stating terms of use etc. I can't flatten it and give it to them as they need to alter it in AI for print set up I believe
    – user122812
    Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 14:07
  • Good luck - I hope it all works out :)
    – Electron
    Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 14:11
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    – Electron
    Commented Aug 29, 2018 at 10:25
  • Just to follow up on this see from client...... " Following on from your mail we will be using the files to be sent onto the printers. Some resizing and other minor amendments may need to be carried out in order to fit the curve of the die lines etc. Please ensure you send all the files in editable format and include all assets (e.g all images etc used). Once files have been transferred, ownership is transferred to Company name. and you (My name) will not be liable for any errors in the artwork.
    – user122812
    Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 15:24
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    Sorry meant to add, no not really as it is still under my ownership as a designer.. am I not correct in thinking that
    – user122812
    Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 15:35

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