EPS is both a Visual Integrity input and output format. EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) is a standard for both technical and desktop publishing. It is used for storage, exchange and placement of high-quality vector graphics and composite pages. Based on the PostScript language, Encapsulated PostScript is a vector format designed for printing to PostScript printers and image-setters. It is considered the best choice of graphics format for high resolution printing of illustrations. EPS files are typically created and edited in illustration programs such as Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW. Some page layout programs can also export individual pages of a publication as EPS files.
Many applications can display sharp and scalable EPS files on-screen just as many printers output PostScript to paper. Other applications are limited to showing a low-quality raster preview or simply a gray placeholder for on-screen display. Often, companies need their graphics in the EPS format for desktop publishing as well as PDF production environments. In many cases, it is good to convert the EPS files to the native publishing software’s format so the graphics can be viewed and edited on screen. Visual integrity’s products will convert EPS to most industry standard formats.
Frequently Asked Questions
The EPS format is derived from a printer language and was not intended for display. Some EPS graphics have a preview file attached to them, usually in the TIFF format so that they can be seen on-screen; others display as a grey box. EPS files are very high quality and look great in print and are a universal exchange format in the printing and publishing worlds. To make better use of them, you can:
- open the EPS file in a viewer
- convert the EPS to a native publishing format and edit it
- run the EPS through Acrobat or Distiller to make a PDF that can be viewed
- import the EPS into an illustration package like Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw