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Old May 18th, 2007 May 18, 2007 7:46:08 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everybody,

Love the site, its amazing how people see so genuine and helpful around here (from what I've seen anyways), thats def a break from the norm when compared to just about any other forum on the web these days. So kudos for that!

I just had a quick question regarding submitting vector designs to Spreadshop. I've read all their tutorials and instructions and all that - been up and down that stuff a dozen times, but I still keep getting rejected for "you submitted a pixel image" even though its an Illustrator EPS file.

I'm creating all my stuff in Photoshop at this point... Here's what I've been doing (unsuccessfully it seems).


1) I 've got my design in Photoshop, it has a solid color pixel background layer and the rest is vector shapes and text. (Saved as PSD)

2) I open the PSD in Illustrator and go through the steps in their instructions to Flatten the transparency, convert everything to curves, etc. etc.

3) Then, I save it as an EPS with the settings shown in the instructions.


All the designs are all one color (I'll double check to make sure they're not white since apparently thats a no no). One thing that it might be is that I'm not deleting the Background pixel layer in Photoshop before opening it all into Illustrator - would that be messing up the process?
(I'm at work so I can't resubmit for a little while)

If anyone could shed a little light on what I'm doing wrong, or enlighten me with your own SpreadShirt-friendly vector submission process - I'd be grateful.

Cheers!

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Old May 18th, 2007 May 18, 2007 12:11:53 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Proper PSD -> EPS conversion (to keep Spreadshirt happy)

I might be missing somehing here. Is all your work in Photoshop Pixels (raster), or do you have some vector in there, or clipping paths?

Also when you bring it into Illustrator are you creating any vector items in there? If not, then the photoshop is probably sitting in there as pixels.
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eps files can be either vector or raster or both. I do not know anything about Illy so I can not help any further
 
 
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I might be missing somehing here. Is all your work in Photoshop Pixels (raster), or do you have some vector in there, or clipping paths?

Also when you bring it into Illustrator are you creating any vector items in there? If not, then the photoshop is probably sitting in there as pixels.
Nope, they're vector shapes in Photoshop, and Illustrator recognizes them as such (because it highlights all the points in red when I do a Select All). I've been using vector layer in PS for a long time now (making PDFs and posters that can scale way up and not look like pixellated ***, lol), but I don't know much when it comes to Illustrator...

Maybe its that solid color pixel layer that they're balking at...
 
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When you create the designs in photoshop, you are creating a RASTER/pixel type image.

When you open it in illustrator, it doesn't automatically make it a vector file. Even if you save it as an EPS file it won't make it a vector file if you started out in photoshop.

In order to make your bitmap photoshop file a vector file, you would need to use the LIVE TRACE feature in illustrator to trace the bitmap file into vector format. Then you use the illustrator tools to make the vector look the way you want.

If they are simple designs, it may be best to just START creating the design in illustrator and leave photoshop out of the equation. By initiating the design in illustrator, it will be guaranteed to be a vector file when you save it.

If you have trouble converting the photoshop file to a vector file, there are services that can do that for you for a small fee. Like vectordoctor.com or artworksource.com (costs only like $10-$15).

But from the sounds of your graphic, it sounds like something you could do on your own with a little practice.
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Yes Photoshop has some vector abilities yet in Photoshop they are not technically true Vector as photoshop is a raster program.

Open the paths in Illy and recolor. Save the illy file and send. If anyone needs a vector file, sending a eps from photoshop will not do the trick.
 
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When you create the designs in photoshop, you are creating a RASTER/pixel type image.

When you open it in illustrator, it doesn't automatically make it a vector file. Even if you save it as an EPS file it won't make it a vector file if you started out in photoshop.

In order to make your bitmap photoshop file a vector file, you would need to use the LIVE TRACE feature in illustrator to trace the bitmap file into vector format. Then you use the illustrator tools to make the vector look the way you want.

If they are simple designs, it may be best to just START creating the design in illustrator and leave photoshop out of the equation. By initiating the design in illustrator, it will be guaranteed to be a vector file when you save it.

If you have trouble converting the photoshop file to a vector file, there are services that can do that for you for a small fee. Like vectordoctor.com or artworksource.com (costs only like $10-$15).

But from the sounds of your graphic, it sounds like something you could do on your own with a little practice.
Thanks. What about Exporting my Work Paths from Photoshop into .AI files and then having Illustrator save that as an EPS...?

See my screenshot to see what I mean. This is one of my PSDs opened in Illustrator and having the object selected. Isn't this in a vector format already?

(excuse my noob-ish questions - I'm new at this whole thing)
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Thanks. What about Exporting my Work Paths from Photoshop into .AI files and then having Illustrator save that as an EPS...?

See my screenshot to see what I mean. This is one of my PSDs opened in Illustrator and having the object selected. Isn't this in a vector format already?

(excuse my noob-ish questions - I'm new at this whole thing)
Are you using Illustrator CS2? If so, you really need to use the LiveTrace feature It will turn your photoshop graphic into a true vector file.
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If you open your paths in illy they will be vector. You will need to fill them with color yet can save as an eps and they will be vector.
 
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It looks like you are using C3. I don't work with the vector formats in photoshop too much, except for clipping paths. I guess I am old school in that.

You can export them and then open them in Illustrator, but if it is already recognizing them, then this sounds like an extra step. The only thing is that it will bring in only the vectors.

When you import the PSD, it is bringing in a raster layer, this is probably what they are seeing. Throw that layer out.
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Default Re: Proper PSD -> EPS conversion (to keep Spreadshirt happy)

Great. Thanks everybody. I appreciate it.

I've finally got the vectors being saved correctly... now if I could only get them approved due to detail / size reasons I'd be all set!

Man, they are picky! (I understand why though, I know I wouldn't want to have to worry about cutting out ridiclously intricate shapes...)
 






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