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Editing an EPS file.

I have PS CS3, but that doesn't seem to work.



1:24 am on May 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I have an EPS file that I need to do some editing to. I can open it in photoshop, but that appears to be all I can do... meaning no layers, no editing, no nothing.

Is there something I'm missing, or can this file just not be edited in photoshop?

If this is indeed the case, is there any free/really cheap (Illustrator = not cheap) way for me to edit it?

I'm running Windows, by the way.

Thanks in advance for any help.


11:15 am on May 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi Perfection.

EPS files are most commonly used to transport vector based images, like logos, into print documents. However, they can be used to save raster based images too, like photographs.

If the file is saved as a vector EPS, editing the file a vector application would be the best bet.

Inkscape is an option—I've not used it—but it's open source vector software, and with a plugin, can open and edit EPS files.

[edited by: limbo at 1:56 pm (utc) on May 25, 2009]


11:19 am on May 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

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To note. Photoshop will rasterise vector EPS's when it opens them.

I think it should have the option to maintain the vector properties, as it has the capability. He ho.


6:48 pm on May 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

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you could try photoline 32 ..it has trial version for 30 days ..


3:38 pm on May 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the info/suggestions. I checked out linkscape and photoline, but ended up just downloading the trial of Illustrator, edited the file, and then uninstalled it.

Why in the crap doesn't photoshop have this ability? Just to get you to buy more adobe products?


7:48 am on May 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I see your point, and it would be nice if Photoshop at least the option to recognise the layers in a vector EPS, but Illustrator is a vector editing programme, it's vastly different from Photoshop, and for the most part, needs to be.

Its range and wealth of vector tools would make PS a huge programme, if combines. It's a widely featured and useful as PS, but just used for a very different process of design.

I think it makes sense to keep the applications separate as both are such excellent tools I'd not want them to compromise any features.


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