Vectors: Additional format too big?

posted on 29th of november, 2010

Sometimes when I illustrate, my EPS file gets too big (around 50MB or more) and that's one thing you can avoid happening.

For better compatibility I save my vector files as EPS 8, so after the original AI file is finished try to shrink the size of the file this way:

- Click Save As (choose EPS)
-A new dialog box appears and you choose the Version: Illustrator 8 EPS (for best compatibility)
-Choose the Preview Format to NONE (this will decrease the size of it quite a bit)
-Now uncheck Embed fonts
-Uncheck Include Document Thumbnails

Now click OK, that should do it.

NOTE: If your vector contains transparency objects when you save EPS 8 you'll have to check the Preserve Appearance and Overprints (in the same dialog box) and that usually rasterizes a part of your vector and increases its sizes a lot, not to mention it reduced editability and quality, so if you have a lot of transparency effects in your file it's more practical to upload the AI file as additional format instead of an EPS 8.

Comments (3)

Posted by Owaisphotography on November 20, 2011
very nice
thanks for shearing
Posted by Laurasinelle on November 29, 2010
Great, thanks for sharing!
Posted by 000zzz on November 29, 2010
Thanks for sharing. I will try it later :)

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