I have a logo file in Illustrator CC that is very simple, only 2 colors, some outlined text and 2 arrow shapes. For some reason the file size is over 2MB. The colors used are white and cyan (C=100 M=0 Y =0 K=0). I feel like the file size is absurd. What am I doing wrong when saving?

Here is the dialog box with the options that were there by default.

Saving Settings

Logo with paths

  • What happens when you uncheck the "Embed Fonts" and "CMYK"? Does the image size change, at all? Jun 29, 2017 at 16:53
  • No, it didn't make a difference at all, thanks for the suggestions.
    – pitzki
    Jun 29, 2017 at 17:46
  • I suspect this may have more to do with the artwork than the save options. What may seem simple, may not actually be simple when flattened for the EPS format.
    – Scott
    Jun 29, 2017 at 18:13
  • can you post a screenshot of illustrator? (feel free to watermark it for privacy) Jun 29, 2017 at 18:28
  • Thanks, I agree, I just can't imagine what about the artwork it is and if there's a way to simplify it. There are 44 characters and 2 arrows. The characters are text that has been outlined. Could that increase size?
    – pitzki
    Jun 29, 2017 at 18:28

2 Answers 2


I've done a bit of testing.....

I set up some basic shapes and outlined text similar to your file.

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Ran the default action to Delete all Unused items.

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This deletes all unused swatches, symbols, styles, brushes, etc. and can have an effect on file size.

Saved as an AICC EPS. The best I got was a 1MB file. I would guess that the additional 1MB you are seeing is due to the unused panel items. Run that action and try resaving. Before deleting the unused items I do see approximately a 1.9MB EPS file.

Then I saved the file to AICS6 and opened it there.

Ran the delete unused item action and saved as an AICS6 EPS... file size 400k.

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Same exact file. The only difference is version if AI in use.

It would appear as though AICC merely saves larger EPS files. You would need to ask Adobe why.

The only way I was able to get a decent EPS file size using AICC2017 was to save to an Ai8 EPS file. This resulted in a ~250k document.

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Now the AI8 format throws away a lot more data, especially metadata, than newer EPS formats. It's feasible that the newer formats are embedding additional PDF compatibility, color profiles, etc. Only Adobe would be aware of the actual variations in their EPS file formats.

Just commentary...... Note that I, personally, always save EPS files to AI8 format. I've yet to see any reason to use a newer EPS format if EPS is needed. But then, I haven't been an XPress user for many years. Last I saw XPress didn't work with .ai files. In addition, I dislike the CC versions of AI and also prefer to work in CS6 as much as possible in spite of the issues it sometimes has. Add VectorScribe to AICS6.... and it's pretty much on par with CC2017 in my experience.

  • Newer adobe eps files have quite large handling functions for color. If one wants to get rid of all the extra bells and whistles then that scene can probably be ran into less than a kilobyte if one wanted to skip all the handlers.
    – joojaa
    Jun 29, 2017 at 22:24
  • Metis, thanks so much for putting all this effort!!! Wow, so kind of you. Let me try those methods.
    – pitzki
    Jun 30, 2017 at 13:39
  • Ran the action, it's 940KB which seems really reasonable. THANKS!!!
    – pitzki
    Jun 30, 2017 at 13:42

I tried to copy your example as closely as possible:

Blatant Copy

Document dimensions are 400x220. I was able to save an Illustrator CC EPS of this graphic at 490kb using the following settings:

EPS Export

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