February 19th, 2011, 08:56 AM
Using a .EPS file ?
I am sorry if this is off-topic but I don't know where else to go to ask.
I would like to use this vector graphic, which is an .EPS file:
If I try to open it in Photoshop CS2, I get this:
That doesn't do me any good as I need to be able to take advantage of the vector's "scalability" to make a large banner and a small logo out of it.
I found this free program: http://inkscape.org/ but it says this:
I do not understand the part in red there.
I also found this free program: http://epsviewer.org/ but am not sure if that will actually let me edit the file?
Any advice/suggestions appreciated, and again, sorry if this is somewhat off-topic.
February 19th, 2011, 10:10 AM
Photoshop is a raster image editor, as far as I know it is not capable of editing vector images like your EPS file. CS2 is a fairly old version of Photoshop though, so perhaps newer versions are capable of doing so (I don't use Photoshop so I'm not sure).
Illustrator is Photoshop's companion vector editing program. If you have that you can use it to edit the EPS file as a vector image.
"PATH" is an environmental variable (a operating system level configuration setting) that contains a list of file system paths. When you type a command into a command line interface the operating system searches all of the locations in your PATH variable to locate the binary (executable file) for the command that you typed.
As a next step, why don't you just install Inkscape and Ghostscript and see if it works.
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February 19th, 2011, 11:14 AM
I Googled around this morning and it seems .eps is an Adobe format. In all honesty, I did not understand everything I read, but I did get the impression that one could use Photoshop or Illustrator with them. Does not seem to be the case, though.
Originally Posted by E-Oreo
I did that after posting. I installed the ESPViewer first and that was pretty much useless, only allowed me to view it at different zoom levels.
Originally Posted by E-Oreo
Then I installed Inkscape and GhostScript. I found these directions
for dealing with the "and make sure ps2pdf is in your PATH" part.
I did that and that did make the .eps file show up as one I could open via Inkscape, however, when I tried to open it I got this error:
and when I clicked the OK button I got:
So, I don't know. I guess i need to register an account at launchpad/inkscape so I can ask for help there.
Thanks for your reply!
February 19th, 2011, 11:38 PM
February 20th, 2011, 12:11 AM
Photoshop CS3 + has some better capabilities for using vector art in a photoshop document through a technology called 'smart objects'. This relies on illustrator being installed as well though.
With CS2 you may be able to place the vector into a photoshop document which will allow you to scale it to the size you need without affecting quality.