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  1. David Blum

    NASA images

    Beautiful stuff Algol! You're good enough to fool SS into thinking NASA images are used. Unfortunately, I don't have that problem. Lol
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    NASA images

    I think the third image (with the satellite) that oleschwander linked to is an altered illustration, but the other two? Maybe a vignette or color shift is considered modifying the image. Dunno. I do remember SS fairly recently stopped accepting public domain images altogether, even as a basis for vectors, like portraits of famous post-1900 people made from their public domain wikipedia shots. My guess is they don't want to sell stuff available for free from NASA since NASA doesn't want them sold, but some might slip through. Just a guess. 🙂
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    Problems when uploading vectors.

    Vectors have a 15MB file size limit or I believe the system automatically rejects. The rejection messages I've seen just mention that restriction. Did your reject say your file was more than 50MB? That's weird, but it's been a while since I got one. I'm OK here if they're under 15MB. 🙂
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    NASA images

    I believe NASA images can be used if they are an element of another illustration or if they are modified. In fact, I think they're now one of the few (only?) types of public domain images SS allows to be incorporated in submissions. Maybe because their ownership (the U.S. public because they're tax-funded) is easy to prove. I do believe SS forbids sales of unaltered NASA images though. 🙂
  5. Hi Alexey: As a buyer, SS saves time. Many of the images I've bought, I could have made myself, but it was worth the $ to focus on the rest of the project and not spend time building pieces. I might recommend uploading them individually and ALSO as a grouping. (SS allows this.) That allows the buyer more choice and you can see what sells best. 🙂
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    Vector image rejected What's wrong?

    I agree it may be that raster (bitmap) effects have been applied. They can be hard to find if you don't remember using them! Open the "links" palette. It may be empty, but then select all the vectors and go to Object > Expand. If the empty links palette suddenly explodes with a bunch of linked bitmaps, that's the problem. As suggested above, checking the vector in outline mode is a good practice. Everything visible in the image needs to show a path, and there can't be any links once the image is expanded. Good luck! 🙂
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    how to solve path construction issue ? (asking)

    Look at the paths in wireframe view. Are there hundreds of vector points for a plain circle? Are there lots of open paths on filled objects? Were solid fills created by "coloring them in" with a pen on a tablet, generating a scribble of unnecessary paths? Were brush effects used and not expanded (where lines in the illustration look like chalk or paint, but in wireframe view are just a single path)? No real way to find the problem without seeing the paths. 🙂 My guess is SS believed a customer might have to clean up the illustration before using it, resulting in a reject for path construction. Or it could just be an error in the review. All guesses though, without seeing the paths. Good luck!
  8. Maybe SS could create an Ocean of Crap category for buyers not always seeking excellence. LOL 🙂
  9. ^^^ Agree. 🙂 I've bought amazing, crystal-clear sports images, Laurin Rinder-quality flower closeups that could be in a gallery and lots of other great photos and illo here. BUT, I've also bought tons of awful pics, blurry vacation snapshots and terrible vector drawings. It totally depends on the project. I personally love the huge selection. That beautiful, crystal-clear sports shot is a bad image for the dirty-looking ad my client wants. But that blurry, blown-out snapshot taken on a helmet cam is perfect. With me anyway, stock is just one piece of a final project, not the end product. "Good" or "bad" depends on usage. I appreciate SS not deciding for me. I wouldn't worry too much about "bad" art getting accepted and nudging out your work. If an image fits a project, a buyer will buy it. Just one opinion! 🙂
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    Rejection; Reference Image Illustration.

    Thanks, but not smart - have just dealt with the same reject. Now teach me to draw trees that look like a photo! Haha.
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    Rejection; Reference Image Illustration.

    Hi Vaniljefeldt: It looks as if you've done such a good job, SS believes a photo reference might have been used. If it was me, I would open a copy of the illustration in Photoshop and maybe zoom in a bit on the tree line to show brush strokes. I would write "Painted from imagination without any reference" right on the image and take a screenshot of that. If you upload that screenshot as a reference image, they might accept. You might even include "digital painting" or something like that in the title. Good luck. 🙂
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    Mass rejections because of color dismatch

    Apologies. Should have written "I think." I don't know SS's code. Just noting info from submission guidelines (that the vector and jpg preview are linked based on file names) and the obvious (that uploaded file names are replaced with SS's numbering system, which appear with your images on the site). As for file name lengths, you would certainly know better than me. But it seems that a file name like "Mandala business card design template vector collection. Set of luxury golden ornaments for identity, web and prints with sample text.eps" might get shortened and cause problems with the linking of correct previews? Could be wrong. Just trying to help 2shoes get her nice vectors approved! 🙂
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    Mass rejections because of color dismatch

    Good luck! Fingers crossed, but I bet that will work! 🙂
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    Mass rejections because of color dismatch

    Aha. Thanks for the clarification.
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    Mass rejections because of color dismatch

    When your files are uploaded, SS automatically links the vector with the jpg preview based on the file names you provide. The files are then automatically renamed with a number based on SS's numbering system. (There have been other strings about contributors wanting SS to keep their original file names, which may be the strings another poster remembers. But those strings had nothing to do with mismatches.) Tens of thousands of contributors have their vectors properly linked and approved every day. SS has confirmed it is seeing different mandalas in your vectors than those shown in your previews. This is further comfirmed by the fact that some of your files are approved, while others have mismatched previews. It appears the problem is on your end, not Shutterstock's. Even your "short" file names are long sentences with spaces. Sentences are not file names. You cannot include spaces in file names or they will be truncated. Do this and you'll get approved ... - Don't use existing eps/jpg pairs on your computer. Start fresh with one of your mandala card vectors. - Name it "mandalacard1.eps" with no spaces or sentences. - In Illustrator, not an automated program, create a jpg from the vector. - Call them both up on the screen together to ensure they match. - Name the jpg "mandalacard1.jpg" just like the vector. Submit that, and it will be approved. 🙂