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Giving out Source Files

Last day I saw someone posting how they were really happy about an artist giving out source files, like PSD or SAI files and saying they highly prefer artists like that. The author said every customer should have the right to edit.

This got me quite interested but I'm not sure if I should do the same. Since AB has a lot of people who've been in the commission market for a much longer time than me, I want to ask:
Does anyone else give out source files? What are the pros and cons for both, artist and customer?

If this question doesn't belong here, then I apologize!
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Oct. 22nd, 2018 10:29 am (UTC)
"The author said every customer should have the right to edit."

That in itself is incorrect. The client doesn't have those rights by default.

But I personally do not give out source files unless the client buys me out completely, or they can receive a flattened PSD if they intend to print. My source files are a complete wreck of folders and about 100 layers.

Now I do know that there are folks who don't mind what their clients do with their PSD. So long as they aren't claiming the work is theirs there isn't particularly any harm in letting someone root around in your source files.


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