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Questions about different ways of storing data in a file. Different file formats can usually be recognized by their extension.

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How to export an Inkscape SVG file to a PDF and maintain the integrity of the image?

Having trouble getting Inkscape to export PDFs cleanly and there don't seem to be many helpful resources out there. In particular, transparencies are difficult - sometimes the transparency will ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the best way to convince clients to send original image files instead of screenshots of images?

Some clients send screenshots of images instead of the image file. Is there a reliable way to communicate that it would be easier for them, and for us, if they simply sent the image file instead? I ...
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How to view webfont files (ttf, woff, woff2, eot) on a mac?

Does anyone know how to view webfont file formats (ttf, woff, woff2, eot) on a Mac? I've been sent some files and would like to view them so I can make sure all the formats are correct.
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JPEG with transparent background

My client wants me to supply images for web as JPEG with transparent background. Is this possible?
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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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Why is CMYK & PNG not possible?

I needed to convert an image to PNG format so I have a transparent background. Unfortunately, CMYK isn't supported by the PNG format. I just wanted an image with a clear background so I can have that ...
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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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Is it unprofessional to provide svg files instead of eps?

I do most of my work for the web and often use svg files, when I need vector graphics. I designed a logo as part of a project for a client, and the client now asks for an eps file with transparent ...
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AI vs EPS vs SVG

What's the technical difference? I'm interested in switching from Illustrator to Inkscape and would prefer to work exclusively with SVG, but is this going to be a problem for my team if they stay on ...
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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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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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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 save as Webp file in Photoshop

I was working on application design in Photoshop and here we need a webp file. How do I save or export from Photoshop as webp?
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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 work ...
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Affinity Publisher vs InDesign?

I'm hearing alot of things about Affinity Publisher lately. First client today explicitly mentioning they would rather have their stuff done in AP instead of ID. Asking from a long-term, well ...
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What are PNG~ files?

Not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I keep getting files with the ~ symbol beside them. I have the actual PNG version of an image but right under is the same file, labeled PNG~. Should I ...
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Can .jpg have transparency?

I have read everywhere that .jpg can't have transparency and you can't save it as transparent. But I have a .jpg picture with transparency. Link to the picture Can anyone explain how the picture I ...
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Website header graphics size and format

I am making some graphics for a website header in Adobe Illustrator. How large should I make these so they do not end up blurry and how should I save them?
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What exactly is a presentation or pitch deck?

I have seen these terms in different places, so when a client is requesting a presentation or pitch deck to be delivered, does that mean a Powerpoint file specifically, or it can also imply a PDF?
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Pros and cons to .AI vs. .EPS file formats in 2017?

I've heard "EPS is a dying format" so many times my brain completes the sentence every time I hear "EPS"...yet whenever I research the issue, I can only find posts about why it's a dying format in ...
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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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What are the workflow differences between vector file formats?

I came here when I found AI vs EPS vs SVG here. The main point most (all) answers have is that the workflows in the three formats are different. How and why these differences are is not so clear to ...
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Working with psb in a psd

EDIT: A Big update on this topic is presented with PS CC 14.2! Now you can have linked smart objects, it works like in InDesign. Just go to 'File → Place Linked' and choose your PSB file. This is the ...
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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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Differences and similarities between .ttf and .ttc fonts

What is the difference between .ttf and .ttc files? I also appreciate the images to understand better. Thank you very much to everyone.
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What are the best open image formats that support layers?

I've commissioned images from an artist, which all images have been delivered in PSD and PNG formats. As a Linux user, PSD files don't open well on software like GIMP and ImageMagick due to the issues ...
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How was this Path embedded in a JPG image?

If one downloads this image to their computer and opens it in Photoshop, they will notice something very interesting in the Paths panel: Several paths are included in this file, one for the laptop's ...
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Will an EPS saved in Illustrator CC open in any Illustrator version?

If I save a EPS vector file in Illustrator CC version will it open up in any Illustrator version (e.g. CS4, CS5, CS6)? Or do I need to save separate EPS files for each version of Illustrator?
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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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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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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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Illustrator: white space around logo when exporting as JPG

I've created a logo in Illustrator, and before I export it, the spacing looks fine. See below: But then, once I export it, it doesn't keep the spacing around the letters I want (the right side of the ...
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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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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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How can I open old SPX files?

The file format Open-SPX is a 3d image format developed by interzart around 2000, and released open source with the GPL. I've got some images in that format, which I want to import into a more modern ...
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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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File format for a portfolio for a job application

I am a college student and aspiring graphic designer. Currently I'm trying to apply for some simple low-level graphic design positions at my college and local businesses. Of course, along with a ...
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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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Illustrator - points are turned into squares?

I have created the plot below using R and exported the figure as a PDF-file. I would like to add additional elements to the plot, and I typically use Illustrator 2020 for such jobs. However, when I ...
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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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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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Unsure of vector file formats in Photoshop

I created a logo in Photoshop.. Yes I know this should be done in Illustrator, but I haven't mastered it yet. My question is, what would be the equivalent in Photoshop when a client asks for the ...
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Why does my Eps file look like an image?

Why my eps (eps 10) file in Adobe AI is not working and it behaves like an image? I can't change anything. When I look at the layer panel it seems like an image.I deleted the layer of the link file. ...
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How To Save SVG With Transparent Background from InDesign

I have an SVG open in InDesign. There are some dark gray letters on a white background. I am trying to make the background transparent and save the result as SVG. How can I do this?
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