Open EPS File

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Open EPS File

EPS file extension is used to store information in Encapsulated Postscript format. Encapsulated Postscript is a subset of Postscript language which is used to deliver commands and information to the printer. EPS files are used to store and exchange graphic content.

Encapsulated Postscript files use similar format as Postscript files and use the same Postscript language. Postscript language is a complex graphic representation language which controls the printing process. It can contain instructions that control the flow of the program, set the page and input tray parameters, define image resolution, or virtually anything that a printer can perform.

Encapsulated Postscript describes a single image and cannot contain certain commands from Postscript language which can break or alter the printing process. The goal of Encapsulated Postscript is to be able to load it and insert into any place in the printing process. All the encapsulating program needs to do is to set a location and size of the EPS image. The rest is controlled by commands inside the EPS file.

To open EPS file you can use any software capable of importing it. This includes many popular software packages including:

  • CorelDRAW
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Ghostscript (free)
  • GIMP (free)
  • Inkscape (free)
  • SketchUp

EPS files are transferred over e-mail or internet using application/postscript, application/eps, application/x-eps, image/eps, image/x-eps multipurpose internet mail extensions (MIME) types.

There are several file formats which are very similar to EPS.

  • PS file format which is superset of EPS and contains full Postscript program
  • AI file format which is a strict subset of EPS command and used by Adobe Illustrator application.
  • PDF files use different command language but also contain instructions how to render graphics information.
  • EPS files could be easily converted to other vector formats including CDR, PS, AI, SVG, and others.

    Open EPS File on Windows OS

    • Try double clicking on a EPS file in Windows File Explorer.
    • If the EPS reading software is associated correctly then the file will open
    • If the file did not open you should install Ghostscript
    • To open EPS file in Ghostscript you need to launch it and then select File->Open in the main menu
    • If you want to open and edit EPS file you should download CorelDraw

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    File Extension Info

    EPS Quick Info
      Encapsulated Postscript
    MIME Type
    Opens with
      Adobe Illustrator