What final files should I deliver to clients?

Below is a list of our required final files for each design category. Scroll to the bottom of this article to download helpful templates.

Please note: Clients may request different file types (or exports) in addition to 99designs' requirements. Always make sure to discuss your client's needs before completing a handover or project.

File requirements, by design category

Logo design

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

Web & app design

  • Layered RGB Photoshop or Sketch file
  • Web preview files (PNG, JPEG)
  • No coding required. If the client requests coding in a contest, please report it

Business & advertising design

  • 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 design

  • 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 design

  • 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 design

  • 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

Book & magazine design

  • 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

 


Additional handover requirements

EPS files

EPS files are required in all design categories except Web & App. An EPS file is a vector-based file that can be opened by the client using many programs. EPS files can be easily exported from vector-based editing programs. We recommend that designers use Adobe Illustrator and do not use CorelDRAW.

All EPS files should be 100% vector and in a single color mode (RGB or CMYK). You'll see error messages display in red if you upload an EPS file that does not meet our requirements.

File organization

Clearly naming and organizing the files you upload for handover makes everything easier. Clients can find what they need quickly, and you provide them with a positive and professional experience. 

Please take the time to clearly label all of your final files before uploading them to the handover. 

 

Below is an example of how you could name your final logo files:

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Pro Tip: If you’re working with lots of variations or large files, you can save your final files in a folder and ZIP or compress them before uploading. Always add a preview file (e.g. JPEG) along with any ZIP or compressed file upload to ensure that your client can preview the images in the zip file.


Design templates

Download from the organized list of templates below...

Logo & brand identity pack

Business & advertising

Social media pack

  • Social media (it's always best practice to double-check the design specifications on each social media platform before beginning work on your project, since they change frequently)

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