How to Avoid Rejections when Submitting Vectors to iStockphoto

OK, I already talked about my Vector application on iStockphoto then about the rejection of one of the samples required; well since then, I replaced the file rejected & got approved & now I’m officially an iStock illustrator yippeee!

Once I started uploading real Stock, I faced again the rejection problem & I think each time it was for a different reason, so hopefully I’ll be getting less rejections in the future as I’m not repeating the same mistakes; like I mentioned in my other post, some bad things may have a beneficial impact in the long term ..

iStockphoto provides some good guides on what to do & what not starting from the Training Manual then the Vector Dos & Don’ts (two must reads), & others mentioned in my previous post linked above, but still there are some points that are subtle enough to not be understood, at least I didn’t understand them fully till my uploads were rejected; some others so subtle that they’re not mentioned at all! So here I’m not going to reinvent the wheel (iStock guides) but to make a humble addition / clarification, so here we start!

1. With each vector you upload, you are required to upload a JPG thumbnail of at least 5320000 px, make sure your thumbnail matches exactly your vector, don’t crop it or add any caption, title or anything! I repeat: exactly looks the same as the vector.

2. You can upload an additional ZIP file with your vector, it could contain different file formats or alternate colors of the main vector, in this last case (ZIP contains alternate colors), you can’t add a preview of the alternate file to the thumbnail required, I know this was mentioned in my 1st point, but it’s worth repeating it, because you may (as I did) come across some approved thumbnails that display alternative colors & think it’s allowed, in fact those thumbnails reflect what is really in the main vector & not previews of additional files! Talking about this, I recommend that you include alternate versions to the main vector, it avoids you uploading a ZIP (you may get troubles with the MIME lol) & also allows clients to see how the alternates look like before they buy the vector (good for both you & them).

3. Open paths with a fill are a reason of rejection, but if you have open paths that are not filled, better that you expand them & turn them to closed paths, because mistakes can happen from inspectors, & better to eliminate any potential reason of a rejection. By the way there’s a great Plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that can find open paths for you, it’s called Select Menu, a great time saver & it’s a Free-ware.

4. Generally if your file is of good quality & rather complex, you would have the possibility of resubmission upon rejection, but it’s better that you take your time before you submit & check your file very carefully, for stray points, open paths, hidden or locked layers, imperfect shapes or edges .. also don’t neglect organizing & naming your layers; because a review of a file may take more than a week & if it gets rejected you will have to work again on it, submit it & wait another week, a lot of lost time & effort for you & for the people who inspect your work.

That’s it, I may update this post with more tips or post a Part two later .. good luck! :)