Opening EPS files

Have a problem opening a .EPS file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what EPS files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .EPS file type?

The .eps extension denotes files in the Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) format, a proprietary vector graphics format introduced and developed by Adobe Systems, Inc. EPS is fully based upon PostScript (PS), a proprietary vector graphics and printer control language by the same company.

An .eps file is a definition of a vector image through a series of PS instructions enclosed into a special rectangular 'BoundingBox' container. This way, an EPS image is a standalone entity and can be embedded into another set of PS instructions.

An EPS file usually contains a raster and/or vector preview image. There are several preview formats used on different platforms, limiting EPS portability. EPS files with no previews can be printed directly to a PS printer.

The EPS format is the native format for earlier versions of Adobe Illustrator (AI). Currently, EPS files are supported by many commercial and free vector image processing editors and suites on many desktop platforms. Besides, EPS images can be imported into many office suites, including MS Office.

Software to open or convert EPS files

You can open EPS files with the following programs:
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop by Adobe Systems, Inc.
Adobe Illustrator CC
Adobe Illustrator CC by Adobe Systems Incorporated
IrfanView by Irfan Skiljan
Adobe Photoshop CS2
Adobe Photoshop CS2 by Adobe Systems, Inc.

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