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How to convert a PNG to an EPS

by Casey Schmidt  |  September 30, 2019

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The PNG is one of many image file types that has limitations sometimes unacceptable for users. Because of this, it’s important to be able to know how and why to convert one. Here’s a guide explaining how to convert a PNG to EPS.

What is a PNG?

The PNG image file is a raster image lossless compression file type. Raster images are built using a grid of pixels and are perfect for things like photographs. Lossless compression is when an image type can change into a smaller size without losing image quality.

What is an EPS?

The EPS image file is an encapsulated postscript image file that provides previews and descriptions of images. It is highly customizable, capable of being edited and resized in different ways. It also contains both graphics and text. It is typically used within the Adobe Reader system.

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The EPS is an encapsulated postscript image.

How to convert PNG to EPS

Converting a PNG to an EPS is really going to come down to your personal preference. If you have a lot of files you need to convert, downloading and installing a converter might be the best bet. If you don’t have a lot of hard drive space or don’t want to commit to an installation, browser-based systems are for you.

Once you’ve figured out which type of converter you want to use, determine next which system fits best. Sometimes all this takes is trying a few different converters to see which one gives you the best features and results. For systems that require installation, VectorMagic has an easy-to-use interface and a lot of nice features. For browser-based systems, Convertio is a simple site with fast uploads and downloads.

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There’s either browser-based or desktop-based solutions.

Why convert?

The PNG is a high quality image that retains resolution when it shrinks. However, it’s not a good fit for a lot of important image functions. The EPS, on the other hand, is very versatile and customizable. Converting to an EPS gives more freedom to edit with a variety of tools.

For example, a company creating a logo would most likely want a PNG file to be converted into an EPS. This is because the EPS is optimal for printing illustrations. Furthermore, printing a logo from an EPS file allows for higher quality.

The PNG has a lot of important benefits for different tasks. However, there are going to be times when an EPS is better. Make sure you have an easy way to convert for when that time comes.