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« on: May 15, 2017, 17:33 »
Dear Illustrators,

I am a photographer/videographer but I recently started to buy images for other projects.

I bought a few vector backgrounds. I know I can open them directly in Photoshop and rasterize them quickly. But when I did so, they did not look right. Some jagged lines, they simply didn't look right. One file even didn't not upsize properly, it was pixelated. The preview in Bridge showed width of 87 pixels, and the "upsized" version in PS looked exactly like 87 pixels blown up to 1500 pixels.

Then I downloaded a demo version of Affinity Designer, but the result was the same. I thought something was not right, it is unlikely that these illustrators with great portfolios produce faulty vector files.

So, I have just downloaded a trial version of Adobe Illustrator, and bang, suddenly these files look great. I suppose not all EPS files are fully compatible with all vector programs.

I don't need to edit vector files too much, just occasionally exporting/rasterizing bought stock vectors to large sizes. An Adobe Illustrator subscription is too expensive for that.

Are there any good alternatives for Windows which can properly handle stock vectors that I will buy?

The alternatives that I can find in Google seem to focus on the needs of illustrators and their purpose does not seem to be proper rasterizing of bought stock vectors.
« Last Edit: May 15, 2017, 18:13 by LDV81 »

« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2017, 19:34 »

« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2017, 11:35 »
Why not buy the jpg version?

« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2017, 13:43 »
Why not buy the jpg version?

Sometimes the maximum resolution offered is quite low (e.g. 1000 px wide). Sometimes I would like to switch off certain layers or make heavy crops and still have high resolution.

AFAIK Inkscape requires Ghostscript and some tweaks to import EPS files directly. I thought going with commercial software such as Affinity Designer would be better for compatibility reasons.. but apparently not, at least not for the vectors that I bought. The jpgs that I exported with AI look much better.

Are there EPS compatibility issues with Inkscape? Why do some EPS files seem to have issues when exported with software other than AI?
I suspect gradients are problematic, they look very bad after rasterizing with Photoshop and good when exported from AI.
« Last Edit: May 16, 2017, 14:19 by LDV81 »

« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2017, 15:50 »
Welcome to the world of illustration. File conversion can be a fickle beast. There probably isn't one best method, so experimenting to get the results you want is probably the best bet. I don't have many issues with Photoshop, so you may try to experiment some more with that. Different color spaces (especially from different countries) can cause a lot of issues though.

« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2017, 16:01 »
Yeah, for some vectors that I bought Photoshop works fine. But I bought quite a few vector backgrounds from one contributor and they all have problems in PS.
I suspect getting Inkscape process EPS files won't solve these issues, when even Adobe apps struggle with them.

My AI trial period will end after one week I think, so now I am only downloading vectors with my subscription and convert them all. But I would like to have "a more sustainable solution"....


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