IPad AI to EPS


Hey, Noob here.

I have a problem with my new Illustrator App on IPad. I currently found out that it doesnt convert in EPS. Has anyone found a (cost free if possible) sollution for this problem? Online converters dont help because the format gets to small.

Why do you need to save as eps? Just use .ai The eps format is all but defunct. If you need to save in a client-friendly way, save as pdf.

I would use it for sides like Shutterstock, logoground…

Suggest using correct tools for the job.

Illustrator iPad has no solution for EPS support.
You can make feature requests here.


For now - you’ll need to move to full version of Illustrator on desktop/laptop computer.

What do you mean online converters make the file too small?
Are you trying to save as Raster .eps rather than vector?

The old .eps format does not support transparency. Not that you should be using transparency in pseudo-logos (no “logo” on a stock site is a real logo - most even say so in the EULA so not sure why people bother) but trying to save anything that might have a transparent object in it as a .eps is just asking for low quality garbage.

PrintDriver got there before me. Making fake logos and putting them on such sites only exposes a complete lack of understanding of what logos and branding are all about, I’m afraid.

Sorry this is the outcome of your fist posting here, but your question was essentially equivalent to, “What’s the right way to do this wrong?” That never turns out well.

Wow, a lot of people are jumping on how .eps is the wrong format.

What the OP mentioned is that many of the big stock houses, such as Getty, Shutterstock, etc. provide .eps downloads as the only option for vector based artwork.

I agree that .ai is the best format, but the stock houses use .eps still.

You are right, of course and this has gone off-topic a little and as HotButton rightly says, the OP has got it in the neck a bit (for which, I’m pretty culpable) for what was seemingly a simple technical question.

However, we’ve all seen this underlying theme (in many different guises) a thousand times before. There are so many holes exposed by the question, that, although it appears to be a slightly elitist haranguing, it is more a ‘tough love’ thing. You have to understand what you don’t yet know before you can even begin to learn it.

This is why my stock response is always, ‘go and get a good education at a decent university and then five years of experience’ so as not to be seduced by what appears to be the fast track to a sustainable career.

My apologies @SlowEmotion, if this has seemed like a bit of a bashing on your first post. Don’t let it put you off. Stick around, despite our (when I say, ‘our’, I mean, ‘my’) grumpy demeanour, we don’t bite. Hopefully, you’ll be able to glean something from those of us who’ve been around the block a bit. There are a number of seasoned, experienced designers and print specialists around here who have a lot of knowledge. I just rant a lot!

My somewhat terse reply related to this comment. If the .eps file is true vector there is really no such thing as ‘too small.’ Vector is vector. Raster is Raster. Raster images can be ‘too small’ but vectors are scalable. Effects applied to vectors (especially transparency effects like outer glow, drop shadows et al) are not often scalable. You have to be very careful with your Raster Effects Settings and keep in mind that there are limits to the algorithms that make using them for logos impractical (most softwares do not even consider a size above 11" x 17" as viable and where logos can scale to be dimensional lettering on the side of a skyscraper, that can be a huge problem.)

So not sure why there is a problem with online converters in this situation unless the OP is saving as Photoshop .eps. In which case, my um, terseness still applies.

It is obviously not true vector, because then shutterstock wouldnt tell me that it dont have the right pixel size. That brings me back to my problem that the online converters I tried didnt work for me. I dont have photoshop, all my files are AI.

You have more issues here than meet the eye. Shutterstock offers vector art, which doesn’t really have a pixel size…But maybe your overall art is too small to start with and just needs to be created larger. Without seeing an upload link for the stock site, I wouldn’t know.

I have already tried making it larger, didnt help. It clearly says Pixel on Shutterstock when I try uploading a file I converted with an online converter.

Is the .eps file you are getting from the converter still in vector format? Can you open it in the app you are using and edit it? Or is it an image, ie a photoshop raster .eps?

because is sounds like Shutterstock is refusing it for low PPI, which means it is no longer vector.

I looked at the vector upload rules for Shutterstock
Assuming MP is Megapixels, this requirement makes no sense to me:

  • no less than 4 MP and no greater than 25 MP – this rule applies to the size of the bounding box around your artwork, not your artboard

ah, now it does.
Why that applies to vector art is beyond me, but if you have transparency effects, check that your Raster Effects Setting is set to 300ppi and your art (the design, not the artboard) is over 8.25" x 5.5" (or similar pixel count.)
Factory default on the RES used to be 72ppi.
Will say it again though, the .eps format does not support transparency effects and effects should not be used for true vector art. They may be disqualifying your stuff cuz it’s not true vector.

AI is the best format if everyone is using Adobe Illustrator.
EPS is an outdated format - according to Adobe.
But it’s still widely used, and just because your images are EPS doesn’t mean converting them all to .ai is better or the right thing to do. Only convert if you have to.

EPS is still a strong format that is cross-software compatible- ish.
Probably why stock companies use them you don’t necessarily need to save as or upload .ai files.

And probably why so many complex EPS files downloaded from stock sites are a bag of shite when opened in Illustrator.

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Illustrator on iPad doesn’t support the .eps format, near as I can tell. Or at least there are a lot of queries about it. Adobe says this:

You can export an Illustrator file created or edited using the iPad into the following formats: Ai, PDF, SVG, PNG, and PSD.

  • which pretty much says it all.

And every .eps converter I saw online creates a raster .eps (photo image) which defeats the whole purpose of attempting to upload a vector .eps. I didn’t look farther than the first 3 pages of Google returns.

If there is one out there that does vector, that could also explain why, to borrow a phrase, “so many complex EPS files downloaded from stock sites are a bag of shite when opened in Illustrator.”

Illustrator on iPad is not the right tool. There are other vector drawing softwares out there. Do they work on iPad? Who knows. Right tool for job and all. Sorry.

Ok, thank you. That helps.

iPad is not the right tool. To me, iPad is a toy.

Never owned one, so I could be wrong.

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