What would be a good format to share editable graphics for the web with a community of professionals that uses different editing software? Most users will need to translate and adjust only.

The type of graphics are banners, social media graphics, illustrations and logos.

SVG renders reasonably well in current browsers but is it a good format to edit? Or is PDF a better choice? Or should we use PSD's?

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    SVG, PDF, or PSD should all be fine for "professionals". The bigger issue may be fonts. – Scott Nov 5 '14 at 19:34

SVG would be the one. All major vector editors can read them just fine, and they can easily be turned into raster images if need be.

Its a non-proprietary format, too, which I feel is best for sharing with (it can fit into anyone's workflow, and be viewed on the go without a proprietary application).

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  • There seems to be some problems opening svgs in Photoshop. Even if it's possible it's not quite straightforward. – Osvaldo Nov 6 '14 at 7:59
  • I've always been able to just drag and drop them into a document. You wouldn't want to edit them in Ps anyway. – elliottregan Nov 6 '14 at 14:25

SVG is an open format. Open source software can edit it. This would be my first choice.

PDF is an open format, though proprietary.

PSD is a closed format, and would require PhotoShop to open.

I'd prefer SVG.

That said, it really depends on the type of file we're talking about. SVG files are mainly vector based. PSD files are mainly raster based. If you need to share raster images, PSD might be OK, but if you don't need layers, I'd say it's overkill and would prefer a high quality JPG or PNG instead.

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  • Thanks. As it's to distribute graphics to translate and adjust, they rarely can be jpg or png. Svg is my favorite too. My only doubt was if popular graphics software can handle it well. – Osvaldo Nov 6 '14 at 3:52
  • There seems to be some problems opening svgs in Photoshop. Even if it's possible it's not quite straightforward. – Osvaldo Nov 6 '14 at 8:00
  • @Osvaldo I wouldn't want to edit SVGs in Photoshop anyways (you'd want to use Illustrator for that). The nice thing about SVG is that there is a great, open source, powerful SVG editor: Inkscape. So anyone can edit the SVGs you provide. The converse isn't true. There's no open source software that can reliably open PSD files. – DA01 Nov 6 '14 at 16:48
  • Thanks. @Da01 Svg is a strong candidate. My comment on tools is that people have it's own favorite tools and they have been working with them in the last years, so they are very productive using them. It's not as simple as saying: now you need to learn to use another tool. – Osvaldo Nov 9 '14 at 7:34
  • On the other hand, these aren't foreign tools to a professional. Any professional dealing with graphics should be able to use a raster program or a vector program--even if just to convert it to a preferred file format. – DA01 Nov 9 '14 at 17:40

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