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.EPS File Extension

File TypeEncapsulated PostScript File

DeveloperAdobe Systems
3.7 (320 Votes)
CategoryVector Image Files

What is an EPS file?

An EPS file is a graphics file saved in the Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) file format. It may contain 2D vector graphics, bitmap images, and text. EPS files also include an embedded preview image in bitmap format.

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Screenshot of a .eps file in Adobe Illustrator CC 2017
EPS file open in Adobe Illustrator CC 2017

The EPS format was released in 1992 and intended to be a standard image format that could be used to exchange images across different platforms. EPS files are often used by graphics professionals to save artwork, such as logos and drawings.

While the files are supported by several different drawing programs and vector graphic editing applications, they are not as widely supported as other image formats, such as JPEG or PNG. However, you can use many of the programs that support EPS files to convert them to more common images. Some of these programs include Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Serif Affinity Designer, and CorelDRAW.

NOTE: Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 and later and Microsoft Office (beginning in 2018) no longer support the EPS format.

How do I open an EPS file?

You can open EPS files with a variety of drawing and vector graphic editing applications in Windows, macOS, and Linux. Some examples of programs you can use include Adobe Illustrator (Windows and macOS), Adobe Photoshop (Windows and macOS), Corel Paintshop Pro (Windows), Apple Preview (bundled with macOS), and XnViewMP (multiplatform).

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Programs that open EPS files

Updated 9/23/2020

About EPS Files

Our goal is to help you understand what a file with a *.eps suffix is and how to open it.

The Encapsulated PostScript file type, file format description, and Mac, Windows, and Linux programs listed on this page have been individually researched and verified by the FileInfo team. We strive for 100% accuracy and only publish information about file formats that we have tested and validated.

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