Sending The Source Files To Your Client

As a graphic designer, your job doesn’t end with the end of the design. The next step is to prepare the source files and send them to your client.

As a graphic designer, after completion of each project you have to provide all files that your client may need.

But what files you have to send to your client?
Now I will share with you 7 files that you have to send to your client after finishing the job:

  • AI;
  • EPS;
  • PSD;
  • TIFF;
  • PDF;
  • JPG;
  • PNG;

And now a few words about the files

AI -This is a proprietary file format developed by Adobe Systems for representing single-page vector-based drawings in either the EPS or PDF formats. The .ai filename extension is used by Adobe Illustrator.
(Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Illustrator_Artwork)

EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) – Thisis a PostScript document with additional restrictions which is intended to be usable as a graphics file format. In other words, EPS files are more-or-less self-contained, reasonably predictable PostScript documents that describe an image or drawing and can be placed within another PostScript document.
(Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encapsulated_PostScript)

PSD – PSD is Photoshop’s native file format, sometimes it’s called PDD. PSD or PDD is a widely accepted file format. PSD supports all available image modes (Bitmap, Grayscale, Duotone, Indexed Color, RGB, CMYK, Lab, and Multichannel).
(Source: http://www.coolutils.com/Formats/PSD)

TIFF – TIFF (originally standing for Tagged Image File Format) is a file format for storing images, popular among graphic artists, the publishing industry, and both amateur and professional photographers in general.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tagged_Image_File_Format)

PDF (Portable Document Format) – is a file format used to represent documents in a manner independent of application software, hardware and operating systems.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Document_Format)

JPG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) – JPGs compress image data by reducing sections of images to blocks of pixels.

(Source: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/30941/whats-the-difference-between-jpg-png-and-gif/ )

PNG (Portable Network Graphics) – PNG is an excellent filetype for internet graphics, as it supports transparency in browsers with an elegance that GIF does not possess.
(Source: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/30941/whats-the-difference-between-jpg-png-and-gif/ )

When you send the source files (AI, EPS, PSD) to your client, you give him the opportunity to edit the design (colors, shapes and etc).

Consider that your client may need more files, so you have to be ready to provide them. If you want, you can provide also Favicon or iPhone icons. That way you will stand out from other designers.