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In trying to make our Shutterstock website easy to use, our images are divided into two separate categories. By offering our customers the ability to browse our photos and vector images separately, we hope to not only enhance the shopping experience, but also cut down on the time it takes for our customers to find the perfect image.
Vector Images Explained
While most people associate the word image with a photo, a vector file is also an image. Unlike a photo which is made up of a fixed number of colored pixels, a vector file is made by using mathematical formulas. In essence it is a digital illustration. Such vector files can be deep edited, tweaked and resized easily without any damage to their overall resolution. Items such as forms, text and colors can be easily changed in a vector image because the image is based on defined planes and points instead of on pixels.
Opening EPS Vector Files
A Shutterstock vector file cannot be opened without a vector editor because it has an EPS format. Some of the more well-known vector editing software programs include Adobe Illustrator. All of the vectors available from Shutterstock are compatible with the industry standard program, Adobe Illustrator. Customers who have difficulty opening a vector file purchased from Shutterstock should try opening it with Adobe Illustrator as other programs may not have needed features.
EPS Vector Tips and Tricks
Adobe Illustrator has many tutorials and a detailed support page to help with the vector editing process. However, we have found a few tricks and tips that help make the editing of EPS vector images just a little easier for our customers. These include:
Identifying a Clipping Path – Most, but not all vector images have clipping paths. In most cases, the image description that is located above the preview image will state if the clipping path is available.
Releasing Clipping Paths – Releasing the clipping path is as simple as right clicking on the graphic on the artboard and looking for the phrase “release clipping mask”.
Changing the Color Mode – In order to change the color mode, click on File Document Color Mode>then select either CMYK Color or RGB Color.
Changing the Color – To change the color, click on Window>Color to display the color palette. Then use the selection tool to click on an element and choose different colors from the palette.
Seeing the Layers – If you do not see the vector’s layers after opening the file in Adobe Illustrator, check the “Layer” window and unlock any layers that are “locked”.
Un-Grouping Objects – Customers who find they cannot edit an object without also editing others might need to ungroup the objects. To do this, use the selection tool then click on the object. By right clicking and pressing the Ctrl key as the same time, objects will be either grouped or ungrouped.
Additional assistance with vector files can be found by visiting the Adobe Illustrator support page.