Vector File Formats

Different Vector programs save files in different formats: Adobe Illustrator saves as ai, CorelDraw saves as cdr, etc. Unless otherwise specified, we supply you with the industry standard vector eps file (created with Adobe Illustrator CS5). EPS is (was?) the preferred format for most graphic service providers like printers, sign makers, engravers, etc., although now the vector PDF seems to be gaining popularity in the graphics industry. We can also supply the vector file in any of the formats listed below:

Vector file output available

We work with Illustrator CS6 and can save as or export/import as the following file formats:

.ai
.cdr
.dwg
.dxf
.emf
.eps
.fxg
.pdf
.ps
.swf
.svg
.wmf
Adobe Illustrator
CorelDRAW - Only 100% vector, NO gradients
AutoCad Drawing* - Offered only as an additional file
AutoCad Interchange File* - Only as an addl. file
Enhanced Metafile
Encapsulated Postscript
Adobe Flash XML graphics
Portable Document Format
Postscript
Macromedia Flash
Scalable Vector Graphics
Windows Metafile

* Although Adobe Illustrator can export as dwg and dxf these files are not as "smooth" as the original ai.

We can also provide you with copies of your vector artwork in high resolution (rasterized/bitmap) formats such as: png, jpg, gif, tif, psd, bmp, tif for projects that do not require vector art.

Files accepted for vectorization

Although some of the files listed below originate from vector programs, they may contain raster elements that need vectorization:


.ai
.bmp
.cdr
.doc .docx
.emf
.eps
.gif
.indd
.jpeg .jpg
.pct
.pdf
.png
.ppt
.psd
.pub
.sct
.svg
.swf
.tga
.tiff .tif
.wmf
.wpd
.wps
.xls .xlsx
Adobe Illustrator CS5 or older
Bitmap
CorelDRAW 13 or older
Microsoft Word
Enhanced Metafile
Encapsulated Postscript
Compuserve
Adobe InDesign
Joint Photographic Experts Group
Macintosh PICT
Portable Document Format
Portable Network Graphics Bitmap
Microsoft Power Point
Adobe Photoshop
Microsoft Publisher
Scitex CT
Scalable Vector Graphics
Macromedia Flash
Targa
Tag Image File Format
Windows Metafile
Word Perfect
Works
Microsoft Excel

If you don't see your file type above, just ask. We may still be able to work with it.
 

Can't Open Vector file?!

You need a professional vector graphics program to open a vector file and maintain the vector data. After you receive a vector file from us, it is recommended that you save the file first, then open the appropriate vector program and from the program menu select: FILE >> OPEN. If you simply double click on the file, your computer may find another program to open it and change the file's native format. Opening the file with a raster program like Photoshop will "rasterize" the image and the file will be of no use to anyone requiring vector art. (You can open the file with Photoshop to view but do not save this rasterized version)

If vector artwork was requested by a third party and you do not have a vector graphics program to open the vector file we supply to you, it is recommended that you simply forward the vector graphic to your supplier/vendor and request an additional proof.

Because files can change when opened with different programs
it is recommended you request a proof from each supplier.

Remember with some software you must import the eps, not open.


To import EPS into:

FlexiSign 7.5 — AI/EPS file must be saved as legacy 8

FlexiSign 8 — AI/EPS file must be saved as legacy 3

SignLab Cut Pro — EPS file must be saved as legacy (10 or older) or use PDF import filter

WinPCSIGN — AI file must be saved as legacy 6.0 (do not select pdf option)

WinPCSIGN — EPS file must be saved as legacy 3.0 (format none)

WinPCSIGN Letter 2005 — AI/EPS file must be saved as legacy 8.0

VE LXi Master Plus 8.0v3 - AI or EPS saved as legacy legacy 3 

VINYL EXPRESS LXI 6.6v1— AI file must be saved as legacy 3

CorelDraw - If you have a problem importing an eps into CorelDraw but have the ability to save the eps as pdf, in some cases the PDF will import best.


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