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How to convert from Photoshop jpg to AI eps format

I'm embarrassed to have to ask this, but I can't find anything in the existing threads, and if I don't ask I will never learn.

I created this image in Photoshop and have been selling the .jpg version.    Patriotic Alphabet and Numbers   

But now I have access to Illustrator, I want to save and upload the .eps version as an additional format. I saved the original as tiff, so it is easy to convert layers into objects in Ai. However when I save as an .eps (at maximum resolution) the file size is over 50M - which is too large to upload.

What can I do to shrink the size and still maintain the quality.

Again, apologies for such a basic question, but I really am trying to learn ;-) K-
Edited: 01/15/2014, 13:03:57 PM
Vector files have no size because they are not pixels. A photoshop tiff file may contain some paths but it is still not the same. You will probably have to start from scratch or import the photoshop tiff and convert it to a vector by using the pen tool to create new shapes and then filling those shapes with patterns. There may be raster objects or colors (gradients) in the photohop layered file that Illustrator won't convert. This Adobe info might help -

Importing artwork from Photoshop

All .eps files are not the same. The Adobe site has a lot of useful info if you are not used to working in Illustrator. Many of the tools are similar from Photoshop to Illustrator but the basic principles of files formats are very different.

Oh, and it's not a dumb question. We've all been there. Perhaps if you can, change the title of your question to something like "Need help converting Photoshop to Illustrator" or something like that. You might get some better info from those who work in Illustrator more than I do. The more descriptive title might attract more viewers.
Edited: 01/15/2014, 12:33:21 PM
Thanks Red, as usual your advice is extremely helpful.
Posted: 01/15/2014, 13:05:24 PM
You could pull your tiff or jpeg into Illustrator and do an auto-trace. These will generally yield you results that are similar to what you had in Photoshop, only it will be a vector file. The down-side to this option is that Dreamstime can generally stop an auto-trace and will not accept it.

When creating files with the hope of having both vector and jpeg uploads, it is generally easier to build the vector file and export as a jpeg rather than go the other way around.
Nikon D40, Nikon SB400, Adobe Illustrator CS5, Adobe Photoshop CS5
Posted: 01/15/2014, 16:21:13 PM
Auto-trace is way to convert it, but no one ms site will accept auto-traced images. Only way is to trace it manually, this kind of image shouldn't be to hard to make.
Posted: 01/16/2014, 01:51:52 AM
Thanks mg121977 and meli62 for the advice! Looks like I've got some work to do, K-
Posted: 01/17/2014, 06:28:56 AM
Hi there is a program called Vector Magic that will trace your jpg and convert it to vector for you. It's much easier to you than auto-trace and the results are better IMO.
Posted: 01/17/2014, 09:53:44 AM
Vector Magic sure helped me and I am extremely tech challenged. Thank u sooooo much Alachney. Sometimes when I find something like that that makes the difference in what I am trying to accomplished I want to give somebody a hug. :)

yay for Alachney
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