If you’ve ever dealt with vector files, you must have come across EPS format.
While it’s not a traditional file format, it’s fairly easy to use, download, and create yourself.
What is an EPS file?
An EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) file format is a graphics format for vector images that can contain text, bitmap images, or 2D vector graphics.
EPS files also contain an embedded low-resolution preview that some programs can display on the screen.
In contrast with raster graphics files such as JPEG and PNG, a vector graphic is an image defined with points on a plane that are connected with lines and curves to form polygons. In other words, EPS files are defined with a series of equations.
The main advantage of vectors over raster graphics is their scalability. When you zoom into a JPEG file, it starts to lose resolution, until you see individual pixels. Vector files, on the other hand, can be scaled indefinitely, which makes them perfect for billboards, for example.
How to open EPS files?
On Mac, you can open EPS files right away without any additional software. On Windows, you need software that can open vector files without flattening them, such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw.
1. Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator is a popular software capable of creating and editing vector graphics.
In addition to opening EPS files, Adobe Illustrator also supports SVG, DWG, PDF, and FGX formats.
If you’re serious into vector design and want to create professional-grade vectors, this software is a must-have for you.
Adobe Illustrator costs $20.99/month.
Photoshop is probably the most famous photo editing software in the world. Although it’s mainly used to edit digital images, Photoshop can also open EPS files; however, be careful that you keep it as a smart object. When you rasterize a graphic, it’s no longer a vector.
Photoshop costs $9.99/month.
3. CorelDraw 2020 Suite
CorelDraw is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator if you want to edit and open EPS files. It houses a huge library of images, templates, and fonts, so you don’t have to add your own.
Having some unique and professional-level features and highly customizable interface, you’ll love working with this software.
CorelDraw costs $33.25/month or $785.00 as a one-time purchase.
Inkscape is a free open-source vector graphic photo editor that is a good starting choice for beginners and hobbyists.
It can open various file formats, including EPS files, although it’s not all that easy.
As I mentioned above, Inkscape is free.
5. Adobe Acrobat Reader
If you ever needed to open PDF files, you must have come across the Acrobat Reader.
To open EPS files with this software, go to the FIle menu, select Create PDF, choose the option “From File”, find your file, and open it.
Adobe Acrobat reader costs $1.95/month.
6. Gravit Designer
Gravit designer is a graphic and web design, inexpensive alternative to the Adobe Illustrator.
The software features a set of powerful tools, giving you a freedom to unleash your creativity and design detailed vectors.
Gravit designer has both a free and a premium version, with the latter being available $3.5/month.
Where can I buy EPS files?
I’ll show you how to buy EPS files from the most inexpensive source, Shutterstock, where you can get them for only $0.21/vector.
To purchase EPS files from Shutterstock, go to Shutterstock.com, enter the keyword in the search bar, select Vectors from the drop-down menu on the left, and search.
Once you find the vector you like, click on it, and then download it. That’s all.
Alternatively, you can buy EPS format vectors on any stock photo site.
Related reading: Best Stock Photo Sites
How to view and convert EPS file online?
To view an EPS file online, you’ll need to find a proper file viewer.
Here’s list of a few EPS online viewers:
Frequently Asked Questions
Is EPS a vector file?
Yes, EPS file is a vector file of a illustration, graphic, or text.
How to open an EPS file in Word?
As of 2018, you can no longer open EPS files in Office products, including Word.
In a older version, go to the Insert menu and choose Picture. Change the criteria from “All Graphics Files” to “All Files” to make EPS file visible.
How do I convert EPS to JPEG?
1. Open your EPS file in Adobe Illustrator.
2. Go to FIle > Export > Export As…
3. Choose the name and location for your file.
4. Click on the Format drop-down menu and choose JPEG (jpg).
5. Check “Use Artboard”.
6. Click Export button.
7. In JPEG Options dialogue box, choose colour model and image quality.
To conclude, EPS files are vector files that may contain graphics and texts. Being a vector file, meaning that they don’t lose resolution when you scale them, they are widely used in graphic design.
You can download them from virtually every stock photo site and open them with with a plethora of photo design software, such as Adobe Illustrator.
Matic is a landscape photographer from Slovenia and creator of Photutorial.