How To Open .eps Vector Files

The EPS vector format is a type of Adobe graphics file that contains scalable images and text. Encapsulated PostScript, or EPS, files are widely used in the graphic design industry to create logos, banners and other advertising media. In order to open and edit Shutterstock clipart, first you need an EPS-compatible vector editor program.

Programs That Work With EPS Files

There are a number of programs that can open EPS files. Some require a subscription, and others are available for purchase or for free:
  • Adobe Illustrator: A powerful, professional-level vector editor, Illustrator allows you to import, edit and export EPS files, adjusting everything from colors to individual paths.
  • CorelDraw: Another respected and well-equipped editor, this program is easy to use and fully compatible with the EPS vector format.
  • Adobe Photoshop: If you already have Photoshop installed, you can use it to open EPS files, though the amount of editing available is limited.
  • Inkscape: If you want a free way to open and edit EPS vectors, Inkscape makes it possible with a solid amount of tools.
Programs such as Microsoft Word can also open or import EPS files, but they change the image from vector to raster object. This flattens it and does not allow you to edit any layers.

How To Open EPS Vector Files in Adobe Illustrator

  1. With Adobe Illustrator open, go to File > Open.
  2. A box will appear, prompting you to find the file you wish to open. Select the vector file, and press OK or double-click.
  1. From within the document you want to add the EPS vector to, select File > Place.
  2. Choose the appropriate file, and click on the Place button.
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