.eps in photoshop

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by kenneth lee, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. kenneth lee

    kenneth lee Guest

    My old photoshop 5 won't save as an .eps file. Do later versions have this
    Anyone Know of a way of getting around this cheaply?

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    edjh Guest

    If memory serves, PS 5 did allow saving as eps. Try flattening the file
    edjh, Mar 13, 2006
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  3. kenneth lee

    DP_Pro Guest

    Photoshop 5 does save as EPS. If the export filter is missing, I guess
    it wouldn't work. It would be helpful to know which platform you are
    using. There are ways to make Photoshop save as an EPS even if you
    don't have the export filter.

    As a matter of fact, there are ways to make EPS files with any program,
    but it depends on if you are running a Mac or a PC as to how you
    actually do this...
    DP_Pro, Mar 13, 2006
  4. kenneth lee

    DP_Pro Guest

    I understand that you have a Windows computer, and are trying to make
    an EPS file without the export plug in for Photoshop for making EPS
    files. First off, I would say to reinstall Photoshop, and then try
    again... assuming that you 'lost' your installer CDs and activation
    code.. there still is a way to make an EPS file. This isn't a
    fullproof way, but might work for you.

    An EPS file is actually a Postscript file Encapsulated inside a preview
    file. Hense the name, Encapsulated Postscript. On the Mac, there is a
    PICT file 'wrapper' around the postscript code. The reason the
    postscript is 'wrapped' inside an image file is simple. If it were
    just postscript, it would import into your graphic applications as
    text, and wouldn't work well as an image. The Image file serves as a
    placeholder for the postscript code, and usuallyhas a low resolution
    version of the encapsulated graphic so you can tell what it is you are
    working with. So.... why all this explaination? Read on...

    Since Postscript is a printer language it is easy to create just by
    installing a printer that understands the postscript language, and then
    printing your image to a postscript file. Where things get messy is
    making it encapsulated so that if you place it into a layout program,
    there will be an image to represent the placement of the graphic. In
    essence, you are creating pure postscript code. Not an EPS file.

    I tested this method, and it works using Adobe CS2 Indesign.

    First, you need to install a printer that has postscript -- preferably
    one that has color too, since I assume you have a color image you are
    working with.. if not, this won't hurt either.

    --Go to add a printer, and at the Local or Network Printer selection
    turn off the Automatic detect and make sure the Local printer attached
    to this computer is selected.
    --Click Next
    --Under select a printer port, click on Use the following port, and in
    the dropdown list select 'File (print to file)" Click next
    --You will end up with a list of printers -- select Apple under the
    Manufacturer, and select Apple Color LaserWriter 12/600 under the
    printer selecter, and click Next..
    --If you have installed this printer before, you will get an alert
    asking if you want to keep the existing driver or not... if you get
    this, just replace it. Click Next
    --Leave the printer name unchanged, and make sure that you answer NO to
    the prompt to use the printer as a default printer. Click Next.
    --Enter NO to the prompt to share the printer. and Click Next
    --Enter NO to the prompt for a test page. Click Next
    ---Review your settings and click Finish.
    You have now installed a printer that will print to a file on your hard
    drive. Now, one more thing you need to do...
    --Open your printers and Faxes so that you can see the new printer and
    right click on the printer... select 'Printing Preferences'... This
    will allow you to set the default printing properties for this printer.
    --Click on the Advanced tab and fold down the plus sign next to the
    PostScript Options.
    --Locate the section for the PostScript Output Option, and click where
    it says Optimize for Speed.
    --Click the drop down list, and select 'Encapsulated Postscript'
    --Click OK, Click OK, Now close the printers.
    You are done.
    Now open Photoshop to the file you want to save, Select the printer
    (Laserwriter), format the page just as you normally would and then
    click Print.
    -- A dialog will pop up asking where you want to save the file -- there
    is no help here, you can't just browse to where you want the file to
    be. You actually have to type a path and file name to place the file
    somewhere you can find it. I would suggest, C:\filename.eps.
    It is important that you put the .eps on the end of the file name. If
    you have a temp directory on your C drive, as many people do -- you
    could just type C:\temp\filename.eps
    When you click the do it button, it will create the file where you tell
    it to. No confirmations, it will just print it to that location. Once
    the file has completed spooling and printing go there to find your .eps

    Good Luck... Lee
    DP_Pro, Mar 14, 2006
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    tacit Guest

    Your old Photoshop WILL save as an EPS file. All versions back to
    Version 1.0 will save as an EPS file.

    You probably do not see EPS as an option because your file contains
    layers. Use the File->Save a Copy, not File->Save As, command. Save a
    Copy will automatically flatten the layers.
    tacit, Mar 14, 2006
  6. kenneth lee

    tacit Guest

    Close, but not quite correct; an EPS file can exist with no preview at

    An EPS file is a PostScript file within a bounding box. It is
    "encapsulated" in the sense that it can live in another PostScript
    stream. EPS files can not contain any PostScript commands; they are
    limited to a subset of PostScript commands (for example, ShowPage and
    SetPageParams are not permitted in an EPS).
    tacit, Mar 14, 2006
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    edjh Guest

    That save option may not exist in PS 5; I don't remember. But flattening
    is most likely the solution.
    edjh, Mar 14, 2006
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