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Providing Photoshop Layers to Clients
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Apr 4, 2014, 08:37 AM
 
Hey, I have a question. I have never had a client ask me this but he told me if he paid me for a ad can I give him the layered file after? He need to make banners and large format printing...I have google up what is layered file, and it doesn't seem to give me the answer. I am wondering if he meant like editing the picture with tranparents background that is by itself and not paste on the ad? or if he mean when I finished the ad and save as it is and not flatten the layers?
     
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Apr 4, 2014, 09:51 AM
 
Did you use Photoshop layers to make the ad? If so, the client wants a .psd file format with all the layers intact, text layers editable. He probably also wants any EPS artwork etc. If there is a high res original of a photo you used and they paid for, include it.

Packaging up originals can incur a fee to the client. They originally paid for the finished product, and the layers is your investment in future work. Of course, overcharging to pack up files may discourage future work as well. Let the debate ensue.
     
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Apr 4, 2014, 10:26 AM
 
Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
Packaging up originals can incur a fee to the client. They originally paid for the finished product, and the layers is your investment in future work. Of course, overcharging to pack up files may discourage future work as well. Let the debate ensue.
What does your work agreement say? If it doesn't address the .psd file, then consider it an opportunity to update your boilerplate agreement to specify whether your fee includes giving the customer your working files.

I say yes to "incur a fee to the client." While I'm not a graphic artist, I'm not in the business of supplying my service tools to my clients.
     
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Apr 4, 2014, 11:33 AM
 
He's asking for the raw, editable Photoshop file, instead of whatever final art file (.eps, .tif. jpeg, etc.) you would normally generate from the Photoshop file. In the graphic design business, those files are considered your work files and are not the end product the client is contracting for, unless it's stated up-front and a much larger fee is agreed upon.
     
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Apr 4, 2014, 11:45 AM
 
how much larger?
     
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Apr 4, 2014, 12:36 PM
 
At least double.
     
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Apr 4, 2014, 01:03 PM
 
Interesting. Thanks.
     
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Apr 4, 2014, 01:14 PM
 
From a hardware perspective, if I'm teaching as I go, I charge triple.
     
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Apr 4, 2014, 01:32 PM
 
It can be really silly if your work is largely Illustrator or InDesign-based. The layered work file will usually include linked ancillary files like images. So, unless you also include those ancillary files with the Illustrator work file, the work file becomes useless. Then there's fonts, which, if you want to remain legal, cannot be shared like that. But, if you don't hand over the necessary fonts (or convert all type to paths) the work file is less than useless.
     
   
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