How to Save Vector Art

by Sharon McelweeUpdated September 22, 2017

Vector art is easy to create, and just as easy to save. The important thing is that you use the right tools. The two most popular programs are Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw. No other special equipment is needed. We will go through the steps of how to save vector art. If you are creating this artwork for a commercial printer, be sure to check with your vendor to see what format is needed.

Create a new file in your vector-based program.

Use the tools to draw your artwork that are included in the software.

Place the image in the file, trace over the image using the tools, and then delete the original file if you have any raster-based images that need to be included,

Flatten your image if using Illustrator. Convert all text to outlines.

Save your file. You may save it in the native format, or as an eps. Either way will preserve the vector format.


Don't forget to ask your printer if he can use your native file format or if you need to save as eps.


Do not place any raster-based images in your file. Simply placing the file will not convert it to vector format. Be sure to convert all text to outlines, but save a copy with the text in place in case you need to make edits later.

About the Author

Sharon McElwee is a writer and designer in Virginia who has written since 1997. She has been published on Greenbelt Interfaith News, Writer On-Line, and Writer's Weekly. Ghostwriting credits include blog posts, sales copy, and Web content. McElwee is an Adobe Certified Expert and completed courses from MediaBistro, Writer's Digest and Inscriptions Magazine in magazine writing and copywriting.

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