How do I open EPS files in Gimp
QFollowing your recent recommendation, I have installed the Gimp image-editing program. One thing it doesn’t seem to be able to do is open EPS files. Admittedly, I don’t know what these are, but I was recently sent a graphic in EPS format that I’d like to view. However, when I try to open this file using Gimp, it displays an error stating that something called Ghostscript is missing. Again, I don’t really know what any of this means. What is this EPS file? And can I open it in Gimp? My PC runs Windows 7. Julia Lobo
AEPS stands for ‘Encapsulated PostScript’. Essentially, this is a file format based on a programming language designed by Adobe that is used to describe graphics that can be enlarged to any size without loss of quality – known as vector graphics. For comparison, a JPEG digital photograph is a bitmap image; these can be blown up only so far before the enlargement becomes noticeable, as the pixels become ever bigger. Graphics designers favour EPS files because of their ability to be endlessly enlarged (or, indeed, shrunk).
Because of their specialist nature, not all image-editing programs support EPS files. Gimp does, but you do need to have installed a PostScript ‘interpreter’ for Windows. GhostScript is a free option that does the job for Gimp. Visit www.snipca. com/9076 to download the latest version (9.07) – click gs907w32.exe if using a 32-bit version of Windows or gs907w64.exe if using a 64-bit edition (if you’re not sure, pick the 32-bit version). Double-click the downloaded file to install GhostScript, accepting the default options offered by the installation wizard.
Finally, you need to tell Gimp where to find GhostScript. This is done by setting something called an environment variable, which isn’t as scary as it sounds. First, click Start, then right-click Computer and choose Properties. Now click ‘Advanced systems settings’ on the left. In the System Properties dialogue box that appears, select the Advanced tab, then click the Environment Variables button.
In the ‘System variables’ section of the Environment Variables dialogue box, click the New button. In the New System Variable box that now appears, type GS_ PROG in the ‘Variable name’ box and then, in the ‘Variable value’ box – depending on whether you installed the 32- or 64-bit version of GhostScript – type either ‘C: Program Filesgsgs9.07bingswin32.
exe’ or ‘C:Program Filesgsgs9.07bin gswin64.exe’. Click OK three times to close the various dialogue boxes. Restart your PC, launch Gimp and you should now be able to open your EPS file.