So I recently did some logo design work for a friend of a friend and just sent him a collection of image files, with each design available as a basic JPG, a transparent PNG, and an AI vector file. I just used Photoshop's Export > Paths to Illustrator function to create the AI files since I don't actually have Illustrator, and this method has always worked in the past.
My client and his printer sent me a message alerting me to the fact that all the vector files were showing up really small (as in less than a KB) and were strangely empty. I went back and double checked all of them, and they were all showing up as having file sizes that seemed appropriate given the contents. I'd originally sent all the files in a .zip folder so I got to wondering if the compression had done something weird to them -- I re-sent all of the AI files as individual attachments and they were properly preserved this time. However, I received another message from the printer:
These do show up this time, however they come in as a vector file with an embedded image. Maybe try these exported as a PDF and an EPS file to see how those work.
I've since exported all the files as EPS and Photoshop PDFs, and apparently there's still a problem. However, I'm wondering what he meant by "vector with an embedded image." If I can fix that somehow, I might be able to resolve this whole issue without any further steps.
When I originally saved those AI files, I merely opened the transparent PNG in PS then exported from there. Could that be part of the problem? If I were to copy and paste the image from the PNG onto a fresh PS canvas and then export from there, would that solve the problem?
I'm still waiting to hear back regarding what exactly the problem with the EPS and PDF files is, but fixing the AI files directly just strikes me as being a simpler solution. I've just created a lot of AI files with the PS Export > Paths to Illustrator function in the past and have never had any problems, so I'm kind of at a loss as to what's wrong.
UPDATE: I just heard back re: the EPS and PDF problem, and he said the files contain JPG material and are raster, not vector. I'm kind of thinking "Well duh, but you're also the one who told me to try those formats." So that was basically no help.