How To Open An EPS File

EPS, or encapsulated postscript, is a format for vector graphics based on the Adobe postscript standard. EPS files are often used for figures and illustrations in books, magazines, and articles, although they can be used for pretty much any type of graphics. Depending on what you need to do with your EPS file, you may need different types of software.

Viewing EPS Files

Viewing EPS files is pretty easy. If you have a Windows or Mac computer, you probably already have at least one program that can open EPS files, and there are several other good ones. Here are some:

  • Microsoft Word can embed eps files in documents, so it can serve as a simple EPS viewer. Just drag and drop the file into a new word document and you'll see the EPS file.  To do this in older versions of Office, you might have to use the "insert" menu.
  • Apple Preview can open EPS files. This program, only for macs, comes installed on all macs.
  • Adobe Acrobat can open EPS files on either platform.
  • Fancier programs such as Adobe Illustrator can open EPS files.
  • One great free solution is Ghostview, an open source program based on the Ghostscript postscript engine. Ghostview can view postscript, PDF, and EPS files.

Editing EPS Files

If you need to edit your EPS file, you'll need some fancier software that probably costs money. Here are a couple of alternatives.

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • CorelDRAW

Another alternative is to convert the EPS file to another format. The above programs can do that, and you might also check out ImageMagick, which can convert from EPS to a wide variety of different vector and raster image formats. Remember that if you convert an EPS to a raster format, you won't be able to scale the image very well, so make sure you use an appropriate resolution to begin with.

31 comments

B. Shapourian 7 years ago

Thank you kindly, to show me how to viwe EPS files, it was very useful and easy.


m4int 6 years ago

Awesome!! very helpful. I searched for a long time, but this is the only place that told me this solution for viewing EPS files. And so simple!


Shahid 6 years ago

Thanks !


Awanti 6 years ago

Very helpful!!Thanks


Jasmine 6 years ago

Thanks you for the great tips about viewing and managing eps files. Worked with Word and even better with Adobe Distiller. Will try the Ghostview later. I added your link to my list for future purchase of software.

Have a great day...


Sahil Hassan 6 years ago

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium Student Edition [OLD VERSION] I Use This Software Its Very Useful Thanx for Tips I M Try To Open Eps File Long Time But I Cant.


Stacy 6 years ago

Thanks was looking for it. I just downloaded a few business card templates. was looking for a way to view and edit it . !


Chris 6 years ago

The GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/) and Inkscape (http://inkscape.org/) are both free and open source programs that you can use to view and edit EPS files


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Beerkan 6 years ago

Use Zamar to convert for free many image types from one format to another, including EPS.

http://www.zamzar.com/


Sisil 5 years ago

Thank you! You saved lot of my time


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corbycat 5 years ago from earth

thanks! i use photoshop!:)


krz 5 years ago

very helpful - thanks !


Paul 5 years ago

very easy solution so thanks for the info


Terri 5 years ago

Thank you. Your helpful tips assisted in my dilemna of viewing an EPS file.


Pero 5 years ago

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Anonymous 5 years ago

Thanks. This was very helpful.


Graham P 4 years ago

Easily explained and so simple to drop into a Word document and opened automatically. Could then be re-sized to the different documents. Thanks


4 years ago

Life saver! Thanks!


Maya 4 years ago

Many thanks!!!


Kemloh 4 years ago

Didn't know that Msword could display eps file.

Thanks !


Akshay 4 years ago

some eps files does not open in coreldrawX3


swampfever 4 years ago

I have Inkscape and can't open or edit .eps files - am I doing something wrong? Haven't tried Gimp.


Akesh 4 years ago

actually what is eps i want know about it.....


princess 4 years ago

Very helpful


LR 4 years ago

Thankyou so much! downloaded a program to view my eps file, it didn't work, then found your site!


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chinthaka 4 years ago

thanks thanks u very much


JAZZYJZ 4 years ago

I could not find a solution in my searching online that did not require a software download and our network services people said I could not download the app just for this purpose...couldn't I work with the file without viewing it? HA!!!!! Right! Thanks so much!!! THIS IS PERFECT and I cannot decide if I should share with NS or not :-)


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