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Saving files in Photoshop EPS format (Photoshop)

    Virtually all page layout, word processing, and graphic applications accept imported or placed EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) files. To print EPS files, you must use a PostScript printer.

To save a file in Photoshop EPS format:

  1. Save the artwork, and choose Photoshop EPS from the Format menu. (See Saving files.)
  2. In the EPS Options dialog box, select the options you want, and click OK:
  3. Preview

    Creates a low-resolution image to view in the destination application. Choose TIFF to share an EPS file between Windows and Mac OS systems. An 8-bit preview delivers better display quality but larger file size than a 1-bit preview.

    Note: To use the JPEG preview option in Mac OS, you must have QuickTime installed.


    Determines the way image data is delivered to a PostScript output device:

    Choose ASCII if you're printing from a Windows system, or if you experience printing errors or other difficulties.

    • Binary produces a smaller file and leaves the original data intact. Choose Binary encoding if you're printing from a Mac OS system. However, some page-layout applications and some commercial print spooling and network printing software may not support binary Photoshop EPS files.
    • JPEG compresses the file by discarding some image data. Files with JPEG encoding can be printed only on Level 2 (or later) PostScript printers and may not separate into individual plates.

    Include Halftone Screen and Include Transfer Function

    Control print specifications for high-end commercial print jobs. Consult your printer before selecting these options.

    Transparent Whites

    Displays white areas as transparent. This option is available only for images in Bitmap mode.

    PostScript Color Management

    Converts file data to the printer's color space. Do not select this option if you plan to place the image into another color-managed document. Doing so may disrupt the color management.

    Note: Only PostScript Level 3 printers support PostScript Color Management for CMYK images. To print a CMYK image using PostScript Color Management on a Level 2 printer, convert the image to Lab mode before saving in EPS format.

    Include Vector Data

    Preserves any vector graphics (such as shapes and type) in the file. However, vector data in EPS and DCS files is only available to other applications; vector data is rasterized if you reopen the file in Photoshop.

    Image Interpolation

    Anti-aliases the printed appearance of a low-resolution image.