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Do you hand over the source files?

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by Stationery Direct, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

    Just interested to know, once you have finished a project eg, brochure design, business card design, logo design. Apart from a print ready PDF or similar do you hand over the source files eg, .AI .PSD etc?
  2. Pixels Ink

    Pixels Ink Member

    Once a client has paid, yes, if requested.

    I believe that once paid for it is property of the client. I'm talking from a designers point of view though. I'm sure it is probably very different for a web designer who may have developed a piece of script for example that runs on a clients website. Unless that client has paid for that script to be developed I wouldn't imagine that client would be allowed to use it on other websites.

    Until a client has paid for a job I send out watermarked, low resolution flattened PDF's or Jpegs.
  3. Eagle

    Eagle Member

    Only for logo design - I charge a little extra for the source file(s) in other projects like business cards, posters etc. Industry standard practice which doesn't kill your repeat trade. :)
  4. Pixels Ink

    Pixels Ink Member

    Do you have that charge mentioned in your T&C's or do you just bring it up when a client asks for the source files?

    Hope you don't mind me asking, but you have a good point about the repeat trade bit. Just wondered how you put it across to the client that to get the files will be extra.
  5. Eagle

    Eagle Member

    Hmm. Fair point there - I don't mention it but no client has ever complained. As I mentioned, it's industry standard practice. Not many ask for source files anyway; probably in the region of six or so in the last five years!

  6. Pixels Ink

    Pixels Ink Member

    Likewise, its probably 1 or 2 people in the past 3 years have asked me for the source files on a project other than logo design.

    VLAHAKISA Member


    I hand over just the PDF usually, but that's the same as the source file anyway - if you open a PDF in illustrator, you get the vector just the same as if you opened EPS or AI or something. I let them have an editable PDF you see....a vector one.

    If they asked for AI I'd hand it over happily - my customers pay for copyright of everything I do so yes they get the source files for all work.


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