For screen-printers, vinyl cutters, and really any kind of printing out there, these file formats are a must for clean artwork. Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator are the main Vector Editing programs that are used by graphic artists, Adobe being the most favored. They both offer the same effects, options, and details when creating vector art, but the way that they separated and create the art can differ between the two. Adobe is more advance when it comes down to creating special effects, fades and shades, where Corel is good at creating simple vectored images.
EPS formatted files are the simple vector file that works with any vectored program. Corel Draw files (.cdr) and Adobe Illustrator files (.ai) are specific to those programs and sometime won’t import or open correctly in other programs. EPS formats the file in to the simple vectored format, allowing it to go back and forth from Corel to Adobe and any other vector program, such as Flexi Sign, a program used for vinyl plotting.
The problem with these files is that they do not convert back and forth to each other very well. For example, lets say you have and .ai file that you want in .cdr. You may go into Adobe, save the file as an EPS, then open it in Corel and re-save as a .cdr. Sounds simple, right? A lot of times that does work, however, because of the differences in the way Adobe and Corel creates images, there can be some damage to the file as it is imported into Corel. Even though it was an EPS format, the file was created through Adobe, so the vectors may not necessarily match with Corel’s vectors.
For this reason, when you submit artwork to be re-vectorized we ask for the file format you need. If you plan to use the artwork through a different program other then Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator, and EPS file will work great for you. However, if you are using Corel Draw, it is best that you request the file retuned to you in Corel Draw, along with which version you are using. Again, the favored program by many designers is Adobe, and it is true with us as well. We create many of out artwork through Adobe Illustrator and export them as EPS formats. So if you are using Corel for your designing and request an EPS format, depending on the complexity, style, and detail in the artwork, it may not open correctly in Corel Draw.
Written By: Johnny Mills, Customer Representative of CopyArtwork.com