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Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Suite Applications by Claudia McCue

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Photoshop EPS

While many people equate the term EPS (encapsulated PostScript) with vector art, the encapsulated part of the format’s name gives a hint about the flexibility of the format. It’s a container for artwork. An EPS can contain vector art, raster images, or a combination of raster and vector content. As its name implies, EPS is PostScript in a bag (see the sidebar, “EPS: Raster or Vector?”). The historic reasons for saving an image as a Photoshop EPS were to preserve the special function of a PostScript-based vector clipping path used to silhouette an image or to preserve an image set up to image as a duotone.

As applications and RIPs have progressed, it’s no longer strictly required to save such images as Photoshop EPS. Pixel for pixel, ...

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