Saving AI to EPS produces 2 EPS "clones"
Standard procedure in my Art Dept. is to save AI files as EPS when going to press. This includes outlining all fonts and embedding all images.
For at least the last several months, I've often found that when I save an AI file as an EPS, it creates two nearly identical EPS "clones"...meaning they have virtually the same file name but are slightly different in size. An example result for saving "file_name.ai" would be:
In all cases, the file without the "-01" would be slightly smaller in size (i.e., 4.3MB compared to 4.6MB), but aside from that they appear to be identical.
Nevertheless, this shouldn't be happening, yet I can't seem to find a solution. Your help would be appreciated. Thanks.
No response in long time.
Then you save EPS file Uncheck Use Artboards
What if I need use artboards to be check. I need the whole art board to save and do not need the cropped version???
Oh, I see what's happening. "Use Artboards" exports a second file that purports to include just the artboard, which is why it is smaller (not larger). I wonder what the difference is in terms of how other software will interpret the two files.
Thank you for your input. I did save to EPS format with "Use Artboards" unchecked, and the clone did not appear. Thanks!
Sarah Khan (Illustrator team) commented
Kindly verify once that while saving it to eps format "Use Artboards" option in bottom is unchecked.