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« on: June 02, 2013, 05:15 »

Yesterday I created some illustrations for microstock and everything went well except for the fact that I carelessly used CS6 functions throughout the entire illustrations (transparency on only one slider of the gradient panel, multiple artboards etc.). Yes I should have known better, but it's been a long time since I created microstock.

So, I saved the illustrations as EPS10 (fortunately also remembered to save a CS6 compatible version of each), and when I opened the EPS10 file again, what I noticed was that the shapes which I filled with gradients where only one slider was transparent, had however not been rasterized. Instead, apparently they had been automatically converted to "opacity masks" which is a function I have never used before.

My question is now, do the agencies accept these opacity masks or do I need to manually apply new EPS10 compatible gradients to all of them / redo the illustration?

I hope someone can help me. I know I can always try by submitting, but it's such a hassle if done in vain.

Best regards

« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2013, 07:25 »
Opacity masks are fine at iStockphoto. I don't know if they're accepted at the other sites since I'm exclusive, but my guess is that they'll be accepted. It seems to be mostly effects (drop shadow, blur, etc.) that some sites don't like.

« Last Edit: June 02, 2013, 07:28 by Monkeyman »

« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2013, 11:07 »
Hi Monkeyman,

Thanks for the answer and sorry for the delay. I'm not on iStock anymore, but decided to try it out with the other sites.
So far all of them were accepted at Fotolia :)

Conclusion (which might be useful knowledge to others): You can use a gradient with one slider transparent. When you save it as EPS10, the gradient will not turn into raster but Illustrator instead creates opacity masks. It may look weird in the vector file itself once you open the EPS10 file (subtle outlines show on the shapes where the opacity masks are applied), but when saving as JPEG, they look perfect.

« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2013, 16:37 »
as long as it is saved as eps10 and no raster image, it should be okay? it seems all agencies had accepted esp10 nowaday.


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