We’re often asked if we can supply our artwork in editable format. The answer is yes. And no!
We don’t add in the supply of source files as standard practice, as they are not the final product.
If we were to compare design agencies to restaurants – the final output eg. the final PDF for print; or PPTX for presentations, or MOV for videos is the “meal” that you ordered. Asking for the source files is like asking the chef for his recipe for the meal he made you. By giving that away for free, it means you you won’t attend his restaurant for further meals, and you could even get another chef to make them for you. It’s a loss of business for the restaurant and means that he no longer has control over the original recipe – it could added / changed and no longer taste great but everyone may still associate the now, no-longer-tasty-output as his work. It’s no win!
If you do require source files, we supply them in the software we developed them in. We work in standard graphic design software. The most common being the Adobe Suite:
We also have applications to manage fonts, edit videos, master sound, do animation etc. But we are seldom asked for these files due to their specialist nature.
These files cannot easily be converted to Word, Excel or PowerPoint without losing quality.
These applications are specific to our industry. We can share the files with you, but in general, we advise against it for the following reasons:
Sorry for you, yes. It is going to incur extra costs if you need revisions and updates done. But balance the cost of paying a designer the few hours it will take to make the changes against you doing it your self and the list above, combined with the sheer frustration of it, and you’ll likely see that it’s by far the better option. And unless you learn the technical stuff, you could lose money through errors on print etc. If you want to save costs, read our article on “7 ways to save costs with your design agency (how to avoid scope creep)”