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How to open and place eps files into Photoshop Tutorial

opening and placing eps files into Photoshop tutorial

How to open EPS vector artworks in Photoshop. You can use the file open command to open the EPS files in Photoshop. You can use the file place command to load and access the EPS vector designs in Photoshop. The EPS files are vectors but they are defined as a raster once you have opened them or placed them in Photoshop, though the contents can be edited and the vector designs changed. When you open the EPS file in Photoshop, you will have to set the size of the document, the resolution and color mode. When you use the place command to open and access the EPS in Photoshop, you just use the current settings for the document and set the layer size accordingly. The EPS layer will become a smart object for ease of editing. You can also 'open' the EPS files by opening them in Illustrator and copying them into Photoshop and then the EPS file is editable such as using anchor points etc to manipulate the shape or EPS path. This tutorial shows you how to import the EPS file into Photoshop in a number of ways such as open and place as well as via Illustrator.


  1. File and open command

  2. select the eps file via your file explorer / browser

  3. Set the width and height

  4. Set the resolution

  5. Set the color mode / image mode to CMYK or RGB or LAB or grayscale

  6. Set anti-aliased to ON (or not)

  7. Constrain proportions to ON (or not)


Open eps

The EPS artworks can be used as standard layers in Photoshop. They can be loaded via the file open command as well as the file place command but the thing to remember is that they will then be raster artworks and not a vector.


To use them as vectors directly in Photoshop is not possible other than using them as a font (the sets on this site contain the fonts and EPS format) but the way around this is to bring them into Photoshop and then edit them in Illustrator and then copy the results back into Photoshop - of course, there are, as with most things Photoshop and Illustrator, many ways to do this such as editing the contents or just using Illustrator in the first place and copying the contents into Photoshop.


When placing the EPS file

  1. Go to the place command (linked or otherwise)

  2. Find eps file in your files

  3. Click Place

  4. Size as required as well as rotate in current opened document


If you use the place linked command, you can edit the content via the properties - simply click the edit contents button in the layer panel (though this does require the association to be set correctly otherwise a totally different application will open such as the preview application on the mac - you will have to use the open with command to reassociate the EPS file).


Editing Contents of EPS files

You can also use the smart objects menu command and the edit contents command (found in the layer menu). The result is opened in Illustrator

  1. file place command into Photoshop

  2. browse for eps files

  3. click place

  4. size as required

  5. go to the layers panel

  6. double click the small smart object icon or go to the right side menu and use edit contents

  7. modify the design in Illustrator

  8. file save


Opening EPS Illustrator and then copying to Photoshop

  1. Even better approach to opening the eps file in Photoshop, is to open it initially in another application such as Illustrator

  2. start illustrator

  3. file open in Illustrator

  4. select eps file

  5. copy

  6. go to Photoshop

  7. edit menu paste

  8. select the shape layer option


You can now modify the points of the eps design, something that was not available just by the file open and file place


Other Tutorials

1. How to load / add PDF (Adobe Acrobat) vector shapes into Adobe Photoshop

2. Fonts and eps vector artwork tutorials


Other resources and eps files

1. tribal and abstract truetype fonts / eps designs

2. triradial / peace font / eps shapes for PSP, Pages, Indesign, Affinity Photo etc

3. swirl / embellishment / flourish eps shapes for PaintShop Pro, Affinity Designer etc


Youtube Video tutorial

Tutorial on the subject [Youtube] The above tutorial shows the combo of PS and AI in the creative cloud.


Sources and references

1. Editing with smart objects on Adobe