Encapsulated PostScript

A graphics file format developed by Adobe Systems, Inc.; a device-independent PostScript representation of a graphic or other object (or page). It stores files not only as a series of Bézier curves (or vectors), but also includes a low-resolution bit map representation of the file for quick on-screen viewing. Drawing programs such as Adobe Illustrator (and even some paint programs like Adobe Photoshop) can save graphics (most commonly line art) as EPS files, which means that they will print with smooth lines and curves (i.e., not exhibiting the stair-step pattern of bitmapped graphics) at whatever resolution the output device can achieve. The Macintosh viewfile is in the PICT file format, while on the PC it is in the TIFF or Microsoft Windows metafile format. EPS is also sometimes referred to as EPSF (Encapsulated PostScript Format).

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