Hello all. I just signed up to be a contributor, but realllllyy confused about how the upload process works. First, do we have to go through an initial acceptance process like ********, etc? Second, what are the requirements for uploading vectors? I don't seem to see any instructions about this. Third, HOW do I even upload anything? The only upload I've seen is for jpg's, it doesn't let you pick an option for eps's. Can someone please shed some light on this? Thanks!
No acceptance process, just upload and the images will either be accepted or rejected by a reviewer that specializes in illustration. All vectors have to be uploaded as jpgs first. If the jpg is accepted you can submit an additional format. On the Submit page there is a tab titled Additional format with this info - " Use this area to upload an additional format (like vector files for illustrations) to the submissions that were accepted and are now online. You can upload a single additional format for each online file."
But, you can upload both a jpg and a vector at the same time now (recent change). The vector must be uploaded and named with the file ID number of the jpg it corresponds to. Each submission is given a file ID number which you can find in your pending images area in your Management page. If you upload a jpg and a vector at the same time the vector will be put in a pending state to be looked at only if the jpg is accepted. For that reason it might be good to try one submission of a jpg before you upload the vector just to see how things work here.
Vectors must be true vectors with no raster elements (drop shadows, etc.) or they will be rejected. If you read the FAQs you will find more info, and search the forums for vector upload and you will find lots of other answers.
Per the FAQs - "Vector files should be saved in raster format, JPG at a high resolution, saved at highest quality and submitted in this format. You can also upload an additional format (AI, PNG, CDR or EPS extensions accepted) after the JPG upload using the FTP upload/Additional sub-folder or as soon as the JPG is accepted."
Red What do you thinking about the upload of EPS format? It usefull or necessary? If I upload EPS file after my JPEG was submitted, do I have to name it as ID number? I mean if I upload it by the "Additional format uploaded" in the EDIT menu of picture.
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Whenever you upload it you must link it to the jpg with the file ID number. I can't remember if you have to name it that if you upload it after the file is accepted but if you upload it before it is accepted it has to be named with the file ID number. I don't upload additional formats that often for various reasons. I usually have a raster object embedded that prevents it from being a true eps. I also consider it my "raw" version of the illustration and am not always comfortable to sell it. I combine Illustrator and Photoshop elements and my illustrations are not always true vectors. I can't say if additional formats sell more than the jpgs but if I had to guess I would think that the buyer just wants the image and is not buying it to be able to open the vector and make changes. I could be wrong. You will have to find a contributor with many or only illustrations and ask them.
alright thanks! i think I got it to work....the jpg must be 3MP, but what about the eps? is there any kind of size requirement there? I think my eps is 850x850 ppi at 300 resolution (don't know what that amounts to in MPs)
If it is a true vector it has no pixels. Vectors are composed of points, lines, curves and polygons on an algebraic grid, mathematical equations that can smoothly reproduce the image at any size. True vectors are not resolution dependent. Pixels or megapixels only apply to raster objects, not vectors. You can resize a vector image to any size and it will not degrade. So upload it at any size but be sure that it only contains vector elements.