Photo management

A crucial guide explaining how to convert TIFF to EPS

by Casey Schmidt  |  May 13, 2020

  3 min. read

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If you’ve used TIFF or EPS image files extensively, you understand the unique features each contain. Similarly, these unique benefits do come with some limitations. When this affects your project, it might be time for a change. Here’s how to convert the TIFF to EPS.

What is a TIFF image file?

The TIFF image file is a unique raster image file type capable of storing extensive metadata within each file. TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) is an extremely secure format, making it ideal for users who need to store professional photos digitally. The TIFF is fairly accessible, as both Windows and Mac have standard TIFF viewers.

What is an EPS image file?

The EPS image file has immense image preview and descriptive properties, which is highly convenient for most users. The EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) is a customizable image format that holds both text and graphics. Many companies purchase pictures digitally in the EPS format because of how easy it is to resize them.

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The EPS is a unique image format.

How to convert the TIFF to EPS

Due to the unique dynamic of both of these two file types, this conversion requires an automated service. Luckily, this process is quite convenient and offers a few different options for optimization. The first method is done through a browser using one of the many browser-based conversion systems. This option is best for when users need to only convert a limited number of files and might have some hard drive space restrictions. When you use a browser-based system, I recommend Convertio due to its fast speeds and simplistic interface.

The other option is a bulk converter, which gives users the chance to convert many files at once. This is typically best served for those who need large quantities of image files converted. It’s also ideal for anyone who has limited internet access as well as an abundance of hard drive space. For a bulk converter, I recommend ReaConverter due to its history of success and basic features.

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Converting requires outside programs.

What’s the purpose of this conversion?

There are many different reasons one might need to convert from TIFF to EPS. Since both file types are fairly unique, it wouldn’t be necessary to convert one to the other to please a larger user-base. However, it is possible that one of the two is preferred by a lot of users you come into contact with. If that’s the case, switching from one to the other, in this instance from TIFF to EPS, would be a lot more convenient.

Comparing the features of these two formats, it becomes clear that they have a lot of similarities. Some places where they differ, however, are in the customizability features. The EPS, as noted above, is much more capable when it comes to different resizing efforts and editing projects. Because of this, there will likely be times when using the TIFF doesn’t make as much sense, and the EPS would be the way to go.

Whatever the reason, it’s clear that users won’t use a single file type forever. Keep this in mind and prepare ahead of time to succeed.