EPS Format

Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) is a publishing and prepress standard. It’s ideal for storage, exchange and placement of vector graphics and composite pages. EPS derives from PostScript. It enables the exchange of graphics between applications and platforms. It’s the best graphics format for high-resolution graphics printing. Today, PDF is displacing EPS in the print world.

EPS Preview for On-Screen Display

Many applications display scalable EPS files on-screen. Some display a low-quality raster preview or a placeholder. EPS is a common format in desktop publishing and PDF production environments. The files are high quality, scalable and look great in print so it’s frustrating when they don’t display on-screen. Even so, it’s a universal exchange format in the printing and publishing worlds.

To make better use of EPS:

  • Open the EPS file in a viewer
  • Convert the EPS to a native publishing format using pdf2picture
  • Run EPS through Acrobat, Distiller or our PDF Creation Server to generate PDF.
  • Import the EPS in an illustration package like Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw

Creating EPS Files
Because they are vector graphics, EPS files look great at any size. Most programs will use one of the following methods to create an EPS file:

  • Save-as
  • Export
  • Print to File

The EPS format is very rich in information but not very portable. If you want to publish EPS files to the Web or use them in publishing, you’ll need to move them into another format. Convert your EPS files into the best format for your target application. The native vector format for all Microsoft Office applications is WMF/EMF. Most Adobe applications use SVG.

Visual Integrity’s products will convert EPS to most industry=standard formats. We can also create EPS from PDF files. If you encounter problems producing EPS, ask your service bureau if they accept PDF.

Support Notes:

  • EPS is both a Visual Integrity input and output format.
  • Full support for Level 1, 2 and 3 PostScript input for conversion to ASCII text and vector output formats.
  • EPS files can contain vector graphics, raster images and text.
  • Supported fonts include PostScript, Type 1 or TrueType fonts
  • Addition of bitmap preview optional (EPSI)
  • Automatic conversion of multi-page documents to single-page EPS files
  • High level of control including rendering fonts as curves and ignoring raster images