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I'm new at this :)
 

I'm new at this :)



So I haven't submitted anything for review on shutterstock yet, I've never made any stock artwork before. Having my work rejected is something I'm trying to avoid at this point so I'm hoping that you guys can help me out with a few questions!

 

When it comes to characters like this, I have a few of them I would like to post up. I understand that they probably will not be huge sellers but I would still like to post. Is it best to submit something like this with no background at all? Does it make it easier for the buyer to work with and appeal to them more?

 

When saving this as an eps file, should I have all my objects on a single layer, should I keep my original layers I was working on, or does it really matter?

 

Also I have a lot of things going on in this picture, though you can't see all the objects here is it alright to submit with so many objects?

 

Lastly does this image look like it might be rejected for any reason? I'd like to know so I can correct any problems before hand.

 

Thanks so much!



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He's cute!  Cute characters sell, so that's not a problem.

 

I think no background is better, it's more useful to people who buy the jpg version.  I usually add a white background just a little larger than the image when I save the jpg, so it doesn't look cramped, then delete it for the eps version.  Make your jpg nice and large (I do 5000 px) for better sales.

 

Generally, put your entire character on one layer, so it's easy to pick up and paste into something else.  If there are other things in the design, they can be separate layers. 

 

If you have any objects that are not visible, delete them.  You want a nice, clean file.  Lots of objects is okay, just no stray bits, or anything running off the artboard.

 

Possible technical problems with your picture:  It looks like you used transparency in a couple of places, and that can be a problem when an eps file is opened in different programs.  If you can find another way to do those parts, that would be better.  Drop shadows can also be a problem. 

 

Any places where you used outlines, make sure they are converted to curves. 

 

Good luck!

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He's cute!  Cute characters sell, so that's not a problem.

 

I think no background is better, it's more useful to people who buy the jpg version.  I usually add a white background just a little larger than the image when I save the jpg, so it doesn't look cramped, then delete it for the eps version.  Make your jpg nice and large (I do 5000 px) for better sales.

 

Generally, put your entire character on one layer, so it's easy to pick up and paste into something else.  If there are other things in the design, they can be separate layers. 

 

If you have any objects that are not visible, delete them.  You want a nice, clean file.  Lots of objects is okay, just no stray bits, or anything running off the artboard.

 

Possible technical problems with your picture:  It looks like you used transparency in a couple of places, and that can be a problem when an eps file is opened in different programs.  If you can find another way to do those parts, that would be better.  Drop shadows can also be a problem. 

 

Any places where you used outlines, make sure they are converted to curves. 

 

Good luck!

 

Thank you so much Darla! An extremely helpful comment, I use a lot of transparencies in my work so I'll have to fix some things up, but it's really useful to know.

 

I appreciate the input

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This is really cute, I love it.

 

You can use transparency, just make sure in this case you are saving EPS10 (instead of EPS8). I usually try to avoid it (as some programs does not handle it right as Darla said above) but sometimes it's inevitable.

 

I never use different layers, but when I have multiple elements, I just group them together. Think about the buyers to make the file easy to use for them.

 

I don't think you will have any problem with being accepted. If you want to be 100% sure, you can upload raster (JPG) version first (so you avoid any technical problem) and after you get accepted you can also upload the vector version. Maximum size is 25MP (fx. 5000px x 5000px).

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This is really cute, I love it.

 

You can use transparency, just make sure in this case you are saving EPS10 (instead of EPS8). I usually try to avoid it (as some programs does not handle it right as Darla said above) but sometimes it's inevitable.

 

I never use different layers, but when I have multiple elements, I just group them together. Think about the buyers to make the file easy to use for them.

 

I don't think you will have any problem with being accepted. If you want to be 100% sure, you can upload raster (JPG) version first (so you avoid any technical problem) and after you get accepted you can also upload the vector version. Maximum size is 25MP (fx. 5000px x 5000px).

Thanks :D.

 

I was rejected because of the eps 9 or 10 thing. So I corrected it and was accepted on a Christmas image, I haven't submitted this one yet. Now I'm waiting for my ID to be checked :P . I never grouped anything though, that's something I thought about but hesitated. I guess my biggest concern is that if someone buys your image but they don't really know anything about the software at all. I sort of want it to work for everyone :). Both yourself and Darla suggested submitting a raster JPG first, does this mean I can add the EPS to the submission after easily, or do I need to go through the whole submission process again?

 

The Transparency thing brings me to another question though, how about gradients? I tend to use A LOT of those, I can work without them but they look so great and make my life easier, I like to use them and I'm imagining other software might not process it the same. The only software I've ever used is Illustrator and Photoshop, I don't have a clue about any other programs that use vectors. It looks like I'll have my work cut out for me, research wise...

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Love it too! Especially the colour composition. Its so Cheerful.

I also name every object contained in a layer for future convenience. :)

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Thanks everyone for the compliments and your comments were very helpful.

 

I appreciate all the advice and tips I can get at this point :)

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