EPS File Format – Your Questions Answered

Questions and answers about EPS file format

EPS is not a new file format. It’s been around for quite a while and has been used in both Macs and Windows environment by graphic designers all over the world. Still, if you’re new in the graphic design landscape, you may have some questions about this format.

Worry not. We will address some of the most common questions about EPS format and more in this article.

What is an EPS image?

EPS is short for Encapsulated PostScript. An EPS file is basically a PostScript document used as a vector image format.

A vector image format stores the image as a set of formulas or directives to draw the image rather than pixels. It’s the go-to choice for creating images that frequently resized such as logos.

What software do I need to edit EPS files?

There’s plenty of software that can edit and save EPS files. Some of them are Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Autodesk AutoCAD, CorelDRAW, and many more.

Can GIMP open EPS file?

Yes, but you need to download install the GIMP Photoshop Plugin. Put and extract the ZIP file containing the plugin to the plug-ins subfolder. Do note that some tutorials mention about installing GhostScript. They are outdated and the methods shown there will no longer work.

How do I convert to EPS format?

That’s easy. Just go to https://image.online-convert.com/convert-to-eps and upload whatever image you wish to convert. You can pick the files from your computer, a URL, Dropbox, or Google Drive.

If you want to go the other way, like from EPS to a JPEG, you can go here.

Is EPS safe?

Well, since you can embed scripts in it, it’s only as safe as the scripts themselves. Microsoft is a bit paranoid about it and so they turn off the support for EPS in their Microsoft Office applications.

That said, what Microsoft did was warranted if you consider that some EPS attacks were very serious. In 2017 a wave of EPS attacks targeted Ukrainian financial institute.     

In short, never immediately trust an EPS file from an unknown source. If someone you don’t know send you an email with an EPS file as an attachment, don’t open it. The preview may show one thing, but the rest of the file may contain something else entirely.

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