How to Save to EPS with Adobe Illustrator CS6 - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Adobe Illustrator CS6 allows you to save documents in an EPS format. Encapsulated PostScript File (EPS) is the file format that most text editing and page layout applications accept; EPS supports vector data and is completely scalable. Because the Illustrator .eps format is based on PostScript, you can reopen an EPS file and edit it in Illustrator at any time.

To save a file in Illustrator as an EPS, follow these steps:

  1. Choose File→Save As and select EPS from the Save As Type drop-down list.

  2. From the Version drop-down list, select the Illustrator version you’re saving to.

  3. In the EPS Options dialog box that appears, select the preview from the Format drop-down list:

    • (8-Bit Color): A color preview for either Mac or PC

    • (Black & White): A low-resolution, black-and-white preview


  4. Select either the Transparent or Opaque radio button, depending on whether you want the non-image areas in your artwork to be transparent or opaque.

  5. Specify your transparency settings.

    These settings are grayed out if you haven’t used transparency in the file.

  6. Leave the Embed Fonts (for other applications) check box selected to leave fonts you used embedded in the EPS file format.

  7. In the Options section, leave the Include CMYK PostScript in RGB Files check box selected.

    If you don’t know which Adobe Postscript level you want to save to, leave it at the default.

  8. Click OK to save your file in EPS format.