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A complete guide to convert the EPS file to NEF

by Casey Schmidt  |  January 27, 2020

3 min. read
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If you work extensively with the EPS format, you’re aware of all the highly beneficial functions it provides as an image file. However, sometimes it doesn’t fit what you’re doing. When this happens, it’s natural to try to convert it into a different format. Is it then possible to convert it to, say, a NEF file? This article breaks everything down.

What is an EPS?

The EPS image file is an essential format for handling different logos, print and images. EPS stands for Encapsulated Postscript and offers solid information concerning image files using a descriptive text or graphic preview. The EPS is an important format due to its immense resizing capabilities – a must for most images bought in the EPS extension, as they’re typically meant to be resized.

What is a NEF?

The NEF image file is a digital file that contains a raw image of any photograph taken using a Nikon camera then uploaded to a computer. NEF stands for Nikon Electronic Format. It contains the exact photographed image with the exact same resolution until it is eventually converted. Converting the NEF is necessary when users want to edit and share the file.

A Nikon camera in a white room.
The NEF is a camera file for Nikon cameras.

Is it possible to convert the EPS to NEF?

As you know, the NEF is a raw image from a camera. This format is typically the beginning of a process (editing, sharing, etc.) rather than the ending. For this reason, converting an EPS to NEF isn’t possible or even logical. It would be like trying to convert a pumpkin pie into a chocolate birthday cake. In fact, no image files convert into the NEF.

The NEF, in fact, is a detailed image file that is used to represent precise photos snapped by photographers. Its purpose is to maintain the initial resolution and detail of an image. Eventually, it’s destined to be converted into a different image file. This is because it’s hard to edit the NEF in its current format. It’s also easier to share with other users once converted due to a reduction in size. With that in mind, what then can we do with our EPS files?

A tree shifting in a weather change.
Some conversions just aren’t a real possibility.

What are our other options?

First, note that, if necessary, it’s possible to convert the NEF to EPS. If you have some NEF files you wish to be moved into the EPS format, there are some browser-based conversion systems more than capable of performing this. One such system is Convertio, a fast service that is perfect for users with strong internet access. This conversion gives users a chance to manage their NEF file better, editing and sharing it much easier.

If, however, you’re still looking for a way to convert your EPS, it’s possible to look for other formats. We know formats such as NEF, CR2, etc. won’t work. However, simpler formats such as JPG and PNG should. In fact, if you have access to Adobe Illustrator, you’ll be able to convert the EPS to a JPG manually using the program. If you want it in PNG format, there’s browser-based converters, such as Zamzar, to help you pull this off. Either way, these extensions should help you manage your files much easier than if you could somehow convert to the NEF.

At the end of the day, the EPS just doesn’t convert to the NEF. However, when you think about it, it’s not a logical conversion to perform anyway. You don’t need the EPS to behave like the NEF. Take this knowledge and convert your EPS into a different file format.