File Types and Formats

Summary: Learn more below about product file types for Creative Market products and software compatibility for common file types.

For each product type on Creative Market, there are a number of different file types! Understanding file types will give you a good idea of what software you'll need in order to use a product.

The majority of products offered require specific software for you to open and edit. Fonts with OpenType features like stylistic alternates and swashes also work best in OpenType savvy apps. We recommend that you completely read the product description written by the Shop Owner before you purchase. Many Shop Owners clearly describe what software is required, right in the body of their listing description.

Product Specs

Each product page offers detailed information about File Types and compatible software in the Product Specs sidebar, found to the right of the product description.


File Types in this section, which both provide important information about what software you'll need to use the file.

For example, the image above shows that the product is compatible with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Furthermore, the product download contains AI and PSD files, in addition to PNG, JPG, and PDF files. AI is an Adobe Illustrator file, and PSD is an Adobe Photoshop file.

You can view a listing of all of the files in the product by clicking "Preview the Files." This will let you see a detailed list of the files and folders included inside the product.


Common File Types

Using the chart below, you can see what kind of software is needed for some of our most common files on the site.

Note: Please make sure your software version is also compatible because sometimes a product may need a newer version of the software.

Format Software Required Description
AI Adobe Illustrator Vector-based file that can be scaled, Adobe Illustrator only
EPS Adobe Illustrator
Other vector software
Vector-based file that can be scaled
INDD Adobe InDesign InDesign working file that supports multiple pages
IDML Adobe InDesign InDesign template file that is pre-made and customizable 
PSD Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop Elements*
Raster-based layered working file for Adobe Photoshop / Photoshop Elements*
*Some PSD files may not be fully supported by Photoshop Elements, so check with the Shop Owner before purchasing.
DOC, DOCX Microsoft Word Microsoft Word Doc (DOCX is for version 2007 and higher)
PPT, PPTX Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation (DOCX is for version 2007 and higher)
KEYNOTE Keynote (Mac only) Presentation format for Keynote (Mac only)
OTF, TTF Any Operating system; most software that supports text creation Installable font files that work on any system, in any software that supports text creation.
OTF Features may not be supported with all software
JPG Most image readers or editors Lossy graphics file with set dimensions
PNG Most image readers or editor No loss on compression; supports transparency
GIF Can be read by most systems and web browsers Small file size and color palette; can be animated
SVG Can be read by most systems and web browsers; can be opened by vector editing software and imported into cutting software Vector format defined by XML files
PDF Adobe Reader or other PDF readers Captures documents to view or print (typically read-only)

Common Questions

It looks like many products require Adobe software. I have GIMP - will that work?

Many of our products are in Adobe formats, so it’s always a good idea to review product listings very carefully before making a purchase, or even ask the Shop Owner if you’re not sure your software will support the product. GIMP, a free, open source design app, may support some Adobe formats, but it's hard to guarantee that GIMP will support all of the features of a specific file format. You can learn more about what file formats are supported by GIMP in this helpful article.

Can I use vector files in Inkscape?

Inkscape, a free, open-source app for vector illustration, can import a variety of vector file formats (although it's hard to guarantee that certain vector file formats will work 100% as intended.) You can learn more about Inkscape’s file support in this helpful article

You can learn more about file types in this blog post! We've also written a detailed post about all the different graphic formats.

Still unsure if the software you have is compatible with a product you’re interested in? Feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to check for you.

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