What is an EPS Vector file and why does my designer need it?

Usually, a logo is designed in a vector based program such as Adobe Illustrator. This file is editable by color size and has no background. It is ideal for handing off to any design professional and usually contains- certain color combinations that the company may have selected previously. When working with a printer or promotional products vendor or sign company they will most likely ask for your logo as an “EPS” or “vector file.” If you don’t have this file type you need to get it from the designer that created the original art. If that person is not available then your vendor will probably have to recreate your logo from scratch.
Other file formats such as JPG or TIF are not editbale or scalable. Altering one of these files will have detrimental effects on the quality of the finished product. As you can see from the samples below, there is no loss of quality when you scale and EPS file. If you attempted to scale a JPG file it will be blurry and distorted.

A company should always have the EPS file on backup or should know the designer responsible for the logo.

Note: If you don’t have software such as Adobe Illustrator you will not be able to open the file. That is OK your designer or printer vendor will have the ability to open it.

Creative Intuition - Bad JPG File


17 responses to “What is an EPS Vector file and why does my designer need it?

  1. How popular is this EPS vector file format? Is it the most-used file format for vector art?

    • Hi Josh,

      EPS is the standard for vector files and the most universally used. You can create vector files in a number of applications such as Adobe Illustrator and corel draw but the most popular form to save them is an EPS.

  2. This information help me a lot,it was the very good information i get

  3. Thank you. This is very clear and very helpful.

    • Hi Ed – So glad you found this helpful. If there are other questions or topics you would like to read about just let me know.

  4. Jennifer Hillend

    Are all files ending in .eps the same? I’m trying to order some logo’d product from a company on behalf of a customer and they’re saying the .eps format is not correct. I sent them a bunch of .eps files, but they say they won’t work? Their literature states it must be in Adobe Illustrator format.

    • Hi Jennifer,

      Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. You have probably taken care of this already. However, if not the answers is, not all .eps files are the same. You can save files from Photoshop as .eps but those are not Vector files. Your vendor wants the Vector .eps. It’s really important that the designer you work with knows the difference. You will probably have to have your logo recreated in the proper format.

  5. I have picked out a photo from a catalogue belonging to a firm who said they could create a flag for me for a caravan pole, they have asked me for the vector file I am at a loss as to go about getting this please can you help me

    • Hi Joyce,

      I hope I can help you. I have a question. What is it that you are wanting printed on the flag? Is it a photo or a logo?

  6. how can i use eps formate in adobe photoshop

  7. Hello, Great Post! I was a Corel Draw user, and now already moved to Adobe Illustrator. I am still learning and making Vector art for my WebSite. This guide help me to understand more about EPS Files. Thank you very much 🙂

  8. consuminglizard

    I beg, please never delete this page. I know I am going to be sending a lot of my clients to this page.

    Thank you for writing what I am so tired of explaining…

  9. I know this post is quite old, but I believe nowadays an EPS file can be replaced by a SVG file.

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