“Get the text and pictures from our website” they said “and use those icons”. I get this a lot these days when I’m asked to do a leaflet. People have had the website done first, and they want the same design for the leaflets. Well, ok - at least I know there’s no copyright problem using the stuff off their own website.
I can’t grab these icons as separate elements, because - I think - they are embedded in the text. I dug around in the code and this website uses agsdi icons, which I’d never come across before. I googled that and no hits, apart from lots of websites using them. I can’t find a definition of what they are or where to buy them.
I saved the web page as a PDF and hallelujah, there they are and nice and sharp. Some kind of vector icons. I open the PDF in Illustrator to isolate the icons and I get generic boxes instead of icons. Hmm.
What about other file types? A little voice whispered “try eps”. I thought, why not - old school but closer to raw postscript code than a PDF. I placed the PDF I saved from the website in InDesign, exported it as an eps file and opened that in Illustrator.
Bingo - vector icons all present and correct, scaleable, sharp and lovely. It seems there is a use for eps files after all …