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My image editor doesn't support EPS -- what should I do?

First, make sure your EPS file downloaded with the correct extension. If the filename ends in .ps rather than .eps, you'll need to change the extension so that your PC knows what the file type is:

  1. Right-click on the filename.

  2. Select Rename

  3. Insert an "e" between the period and the "ps".

  4. Hit the Return key.

When you download EPS files in the future, keep an eye on the "Save As" field in the "Save As" box, and insert an "e" between the period and ".ps" if it's left out.

If your EPS's extension is correct and you still can't open the image in your image editor, try one of the options below:

Download the image in a format your editor will support

  1. Consult your software's help documentation to find out which formats your editor will accept.

  2. Find the image again on's site. (See I downloaded an item on's site, and now I need to find it again to quickly relocate it.)

  3. If the item is available in a format your image editor supports, download that version and open it in your image editor.

  4. If the item is not available in a format your image editor supports, try one of the other options below.

Convert the image to a format your image editor will recognize

  1. Consult your software's help documentation to find out which formats your image editor will accept.

  2. Open an image utility (such as ImageViewer, VuePrint, or ACDSee).

    If you do not have an image utility, follow a link below to download one.

  3. Open the image in your image utility and save it in a format your image editor will recognize. (See your software's help documentation for instructions.) Be aware that some editors may require you to Import the EPS, then Export the image in the desired format.

    NOTE: All of the vector information for your EPS image will be lost if you convert it to a raster format (JPEG, GIF, TIFF, etc.); saving or exporting the image as a WMF should preserve the vector information (verify this with your utility's help documentation).

  4. Open the converted image in your image editor.

Open your EPS image in an application that will support it

  1. Try another image editor.
    • You might have better luck with a draw program such as Illustrator or CorelDRAW.
    • Consult the new image editor's help documentation to see which formats it will accept.
    • If the new image editor supports EPS, consult its help documentation to learn how to open or insert the image.

  2. Use a word processing or desktop publishing application that supports EPS, such as QuarkXpress, WordPerfect, or Microsoft Word.
    • Consult the application's help documentation to learn how to insert the image.
    • While you will probably not be able to do much with the image in terms of editing, you should be able to resize and print it.
    • The image may appear jaggy onscreen, but the printout should look fine if you have a PostScript-compatible printer.

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