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, so always make sure to communicate with them about their needs before completing a handover or project.

Logo Designs

  • 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 Designs

  • 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 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/or 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/or eBooks.

Why EPS?

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 like Adobe Illustrator. We recommend 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.

Optimize your organization!

Organizing the files you upload to the handover and clearly naming them makes everything easier. It helps clients find what they need quickly and provides them with a positive and professional experience. Please take the time to clearly label all of your final files and upload 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. Also always be sure to 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.

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Need some handy templates to get you going?

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.

Need an overview of color modes and file types?

You can refresh your ‘color mode’ knowledge by reading: Correct file formats: RGB and CMYK

You can refresh your ‘file type’ knowledge by reading: Image file formats: everything you’ve ever wanted to know

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