Let’s start by correcting some common misunderstandings
EPS is a legacy graphics file format that has been around the industry since 1997 and, surprisingly, it is still in widespread use today, although it hasn’t seen an update in this century.
EPS means “Encapsulated PostScript,” a file format that permits a visual representation of PostScript code. An EPS file contains a description of an object or layout using the PostScript page description language, for the purpose of being included in other pages. That sounds impressive, but what does it mean for your everyday workflow? Is EPS still a viable graphics file format?
Let’s start by correcting some common misunderstandings about EPS. First, EPS does not mean vector. An EPS file may contain fonts, vector or bitmap data. In addition, there is no way to tell what the content of an EPS file is without opening it in an application such as SAi’s Flexi or Adobe Illustrator (AI). Also, you can’t convert a file to vector by saving it as an EPS.
In the ’80s and ’90s, the EPS graphics file format was used to send vector data to print, or to place vector objects into such layout applications as QuarkXPress. Out of this legacy workflow grew the belief that EPS equals vector. Con-fusing the matter are stock agencies, including iStockphoto by Getty Images, selling vector illustrations in the EPS file format. Today InDesign, Illustrator and Flexi all have direct support for native .ai and .pdf vector files. Furthermore Flexi offers direct support for .cdr, .plt and .dwg files.
Current Adobe and Flexi software retain support for EPS (they probably will for the foreseeable future) because of the numerous legacy EPS files still around today.
Modern applications allow you to save an EPS file, as well. The question is, should you?
Illustrator allows you to save an EPS file in the current version of Illustrator CC by following the steps File Save As>Format:Illustrator EPS>Version:Illustrator CC EPS.
What does this mean? Illustrator is updated every few months – EPS hasn’t been updated since the late ’90s.
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