What design files should I deliver to my clients?

At 99designs, designers are expected to deliver professional-standard design files. Your client may require files in addition to 99designs' requirements, so always be sure they are happy with the files you've provided. 

Here's a list of our required files for each design category + some downloadable file templates to help you get started! 

Logo & Identity Designs (and other vector images)

  • The original, editable file (i.e. AI)
  • A vector EPS file in digital (RGB) format
  • A vector EPS file in print (CMYK) format
  • A web preview file (PNG, JPEG, PDF

Need some handy templates to get you going?

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Download from the organized list of templates below... 

Logo & brand identity pack

Get additional tips for designing logo and brand identity in our Designer resource center.

Business & advertising

Social media pack

Need extra guidance? Check out our resource page for designing social media graphics.

What is an EPS file?

EPS file criteria

When EPS files are uploaded to a handover, we use technology to ensure the files meet our criteria. You'll see error messages display in red if your files do not meet our requirements.

  • EPS file must be 100% vector-based (no raster content)
  • EPS files must be in a single colorspace
  • All text fields (eg: Name, Address, Email, etc) must be editable
  • Logo fonts should remain outlined

Vector EPS files
EPS files can be easily exported from vector-based editing programs like Adobe Illustrator. We recommend designers use Adobe Illustrator and do not use CorelDRAW

Colorspaces
It's important to provide both RGB (digital) and CMYK (print) versions of your designs. You should also include anything your client asks for specifically.

Fonts
EPS files should not contain embedded fonts. Any commercial fonts included in your design should be rasterized, outlined or acquired legally by the client.

What if I'm not entering a Logo & Identity contest?

In this case, the deliverables might be a bit different. See the following exceptions:

Website designs (and other bitmap images)

  • Layered RGB Photoshop, Sketch or Fireworks PNG files
  • Web preview files (PNG, JPEG) 

Business & Advertising designs

  • Editable AI, PSD, PDF, EPS, INDD, PPTX, SWF, or DOCX files
  • Web preview files (PNG, JPEG)
  • If the design is a full-bleed print design, bleed areas must be included

Clothing & Merchandise designs

  • Editable AI, PSD, PDF, or EPS files
  • Web preview files (PNG, JPEG)
  • If the design is a full-bleed print design, bleed areas must be included

Art & Illustration designs

  • Editable AI, PSD, PDF, or EPS files
  • Web preview files (PNG, JPEG)
  • If the design is a full-bleed print design, bleed areas must be included

Packaging & Label designs

  • Editable AI, PSD, PDF, EPS, or INDD files
  • Web preview files (PNG, JPEG)
  • If the design is a full-bleed print design, bleed areas must be included
  • Learn more about designing packaging and labels

Book & Magazine designs

  • Editable AI, PSD, PDF, EPS, or INDD files
  • Web preview files (PNG, JPEG)
  • If the design is a full-bleed print design, bleed areas must be included
  • Learn more about designing book covers and eBooks


Learn more about different file formats by checking out, File Formats Explained: PDF, PNG and More.

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