EPS file – what is it and which programs can open it?

What's an EPS File?

If you have ever worked with vector graphics then you might be familiar with what an EPS file format might be, and how to use them. If you aren’t well-versed in the Encapsulated Postscript (EPS) file format, then it is essentially a graphics format for vector images that Adobe Illustrator uses, much like a photographic image file format is a JPEG.

A vector is an image with a mathematical equation that allows you to take your image and make it as large as a billboard you see on the side of the highway. The vector images contain bitmaps that tell each pixel in the image what size and color they should be so that you can make an image into nearly any size without restriction or possible pixelation. Speaking of sizes, see our guide of the standard photo sizes for marketing materials for reference! Vectors are used for large-scale printing like billboards or building decal wraps, and the EPS file format is a commonly used, in fact, Stock Photo Secrets offers its vector files in EPS format that can be opened in Adobe Illustrator.

We have recommended you check out our free SPS Converter software which you can test here to open your EPS files! If you like to use Desktop software, check out Corel Draw Software here to open and edit your EPS file!

Please contact us here to let us know here how it works for you. Keep in mind, it is still in BETA (Preview) mode and it's not a finished software.

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Of course, many of your designers do not work with Adobe Illustrator. However, the EPS file format is still compatible with many other vector editing programs. If you're interested in options for vector editing, check this great list of the Best Alternatives to Adobe Illustrator. 

If you're intending the DIY approach to graphic design, don't miss our guide with 102 expert tips to create visuals!

Click here to learn more about vectors as cheap as $0.49 per vector file at the Stock Photo Secrets Shop now.

Software To Edit and Open EPS files


Depending on your file needs, EPS might be a format for you to look for rather than a JPEG file. EPS files, if opened in a vector-based program such as Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, will have the ability to be resized without loss of quality, and will also be able to be easily edited and manipulated. If you open an EPS file in a program such as Photoshop, the file will be  “rasterized” (flattened) and uneditable, similar to any JPEG file.

While most applications can generate EPS files, the only editable benefit you will receive is if the file was originally created as a vector image. Therefore, if an EPS is created in Adobe Photoshop and opened in Adobe Illustrator, that won't make the image editable. It will remain flat.

Depending on what computer system you use, Mac or PC will determine how easy it is to work with EPS images. If you are on a Mac then you can use the EPS right way, but in Windows, you need a graphic software like Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw to open this file format.

Layout applications, such as PageMaker, Quark, or Microsoft Word, will only be able to place an EPS file, not open it. EPS is a format that is available to both Mac and PC users. If you have trouble opening, you may have to select a program for the image to open in. You will also want to note the color space the file is in. While scanners and digital cameras generate RGB files (red-blue-green), you will need to convert the color space to CMYK (cyan-magenta-yellow-black) for print. You could also use Pantone colors.

Free EPS Software

We recommend to check out Corel Draw Software here to open and edit your EPS file! We have developed our own SPS Converter software which you can test here to open your EPS files!

Please contact us here to let us know here how it works for you. Keep in mind, it is still in BETA (Preview) mode and it's not a finished software.

gravitLuckily, there is some great, and free software, that can help you edit EPS vector images. The newest free software tool is Gravit. With Gravit, you can create a free account that allows you to create and work on graphic images including EPS files online to make all kinds of different sized images.

Here’s a video walkthrough of Gravit

Another free software to edit EPS files is Inkscape – but admittedly, it’s not the easiest one to navigate and use. Also, I recommend EPS Viewer, which is an easy EPS to JPEG converter. There is also a pretty good online converter called Convert EPS to JPG that also works quite well.

When should I consider an EPS file rather than a JPEG?

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Some stock image agencies, like Stock Photo Secrets, offers both illustrations (vectors), photos, and fonts. When you seek an illustration, unless you are in love with it as-is, you will want to be sure you are receiving an EPS download. Having the EPS file will allow you to change colors, move things around, and customize it to be what you want.

For example, if you found a pattern you want to use, but you really don't like the colors, you can swap out the colors to be exactly what you want. Additionally, you might purchase the rights to an illustration if you like an element within the file. If it is editable, you can pluck out what you want to use quickly and easily.

An EPS file format offers your vector graphic image a lot of customization and room to work with your image to change it without really destroying any image information or having to flatten the image. You should use an EPS vector file when you would like to ultimately control the size of the image without pixelation problem, and also when you want to make global changes to sizes, colors, and changes to your image.

Where can I buy Affordable EPS Files?


The Stock Photo Secrets Shop offers over 700,000 vectors EPS files in its image collection, and is a great place to buy, especially if you want to pay as low as $0.49 per vector image.

We do recommend buying from Stock Photo Secrets, as we are very cheap if you sign up for one of our stock photo subscriptions like our 99club subscription that gives you 200 XXL royalty-free stock photos, vectors, and fonts for only $99 a year. Or our Low Volume subscription that gives you 600 XXL images, vectors, and fonts for just $199 a year.

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The Purpose of EPS

The EPS format created by Adobe Illustrator is a graphics file format that is great for designers who need to create large billboards, or need to make a dry large graphic for some other printing need.

EPS is an old format that can be opened with a lot of free software, whether you are a Mac or PC user, mentioned above. The benefit of buying a vector is that you can resize it basically to any size you might want, no matter how big you need it to be.

While there is much more we could write about EPS, the internet is an excellent resource for learning about what the difference between an EPS and JPEG file is, and plenty of stock photo agencies that have affordable vectors.

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Amos Struck

I am a publisher and entrepreneur in the stock imagery field. I focus on providing knowledge and solutions for buyers, contributors and agencies, aiming at contributing to the growth and development of the industry. I am the founder and editor of Stock Photo Press, one of the largest networks of online magazines in the industry. I am the founder of Microstock Expo, the only conference dedicated to the microstock segment. I created several software solutions in stock photography like WordPress plugins. Plus I am a recurrent speaker at Photokina Official Stage, and an industry consultant at StockPhotoInsight. I am passionate about technology, marketing and visual imagery.

  1. Hi,Amos
    Thank you for the insights.You mentioned free software to open the .eps files.Can you recommend free option for editing them?

  2. Reply
    ‪Yiska Fattal‬‏ December 15, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    I tried the Gravit SW and it is imposible for working. Almost not responsive for clicks, seems like very very heavy SW. Not recomended.

    • Works fast and fine here. Maybe it uses a lot of ressources in your browser – go check it out with another browser maybe.

  3. Inkscape sucks in my opinion. Amos, are you saying that it’s better than Gravit?

    • I only worked with Inkscape for a limited time and I think it has a deeper learning curve than Gravit. Gravit is way more limited than Inkscape at this point.

  4. Thank you for the video walking through Gravit! This is my first time working with EPS files and you were informative and clear in your explanations. Thanks!

  5. for the eps file that you used in this video, can I extract; for example the bulb as a transparent png using Gravit.io?


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