Working with Encapsulated Postscript

When you export with a Encapsulated Postscript (.EPS) file format, you can specify an image header, user name, trapping, maintain a OPI link, set fountain steps, as well as apply color management to your .EPS image before exporting it. You can also create an optional bitmap image (thumbnail), which you can use to preview the image when you import or open it. You can also specify settings for exporting text, compatibility, bounding boxes, and compressing your bitmap image. The .EPS file format is supported by most illustrations and page-layout applications.

Image Header

Image Header lets you choose options that you can apply to your .EPS file before you export it.

You can include a bitmap or vector preview included in the file header. The preview is used as the thumbnail image in the Preview window when you open or import the image. You can choose between a vector (WMF) or a bitmap (TIFF) preview format when you are exporting your file. You can also set the color depth and resolution of an image. A higher resolution setting requires more memory to load the image and makes the loading process longer.

Color Management

Color management lets you export your file with the colors defined in the current printer's profile, or you can use a Composite or Separations printer profile that you have selected for your printer.

Export text As

Export Text As lets you set the format in which you want to export the text in your image.

You can convert the text in your image to curves, or you can send text as editable characters. Converting text to curves lets you manipulate individual nodes to change the shape of each character. If the text you are using will not be available when you print the image on another computer, the text might print incorrectly. You can also include PostScript font information with your file.

Send bitmaps As

Send Bitmap As effects the color mode used when you print your file. It is important to choose a color mode that meets your end requirements. You can choose the following color modes:

• CMYK — a color mode composed of cyan (c), magenta (M), yellow (Y), and black (K). In this color mode, color values are expressed as percentages. A value of 100 for an ink means that it is applied at full saturation. This color mode is used in most full-color commercial printing.

• RGB — Corel RGB color space is used as a standard by Corel graphics software.

• Grayscale — a color mode that displays images using 256 shades of gray. Each color is defined as a value between 0 and 255, where 0 is darkest (black) and 255 is lightest (white).

Maintain OPI Links

Maintain OPI Links lets you use low resolution images as placeholders for the high resolution images that appear in your final work. The low-resolution image is imported into your documents and used for position only (FPO). Working with FPO images keeps your document size smaller and reduces the time needed to redraw the screen.

Auto Increase Fountain Steps

Auto Increase Fountain Steps automatically increases the number of steps used to create fountain fills. This option automatically sets the space required to blend your colors most efficiently on the output device. Use this option to reduce banding.

Fountain Steps

Fountain Steps optimizes the publishing of fountain fills by increasing or decreasing the number of fountain steps. By default, Corel displays each object with the same number of fountain steps, making small objects seem more detailed than larger ones. You can increase the number of fountain steps for fills that require more steps and decrease the number of steps for fountain fills that are too complex. This option sets the fountain fill for the entire file, not for individual objects in the file. A low number of steps prints faster, but the transition between shades may be coarse. You can set a number for Fountain Steps from 1 to 256.


Compatibility lets you set the PostScript levels at which to export your EPS file. You can set the PostScript level to 1, 2, or 3. By default the PostScript level is set at 1. Before increasing the PostScript level, verify that your printer supports that PostScript level.

Bitmap Compression

Bitmap Compression reduces the size of a .EPS file by compressing bitmaps. Bitmaps using JPEG compression have an adjustable quality scale, ranging from 2 to 255. You can adjust the bitmap from a high quality of 2 to a low quality of 255. The higher the image quality, the larger the file size.

User Name

User Name lets you add a user name to your .EPS file header. Trapping

Trapping lets you maintain current print settings on your image. You can also create a color trap, assign the minimum font size to which auto-spreading is applied, or assign a auto-spread outline to your image. The higher the color, the greater the percentage of the maximum trap value. The darker the color, the smaller the percentage of the maximum trap value.

Bounding box

Bounding Box lets you exactly align a rectangular box to enclose the page or all the selected items on that page.

You can also set the amount by which the bleed extends beyond the edge of the printed area, use crop marks as alignment aids, or have a number shown with decimals.

• The Bitmap Compression check box remains disabled until you choose a PostScript level that supports this feature.

• If you output all objects as gray scale objects, no color profiles are available. If you output objects as colors, composite color profiles are available. If you output colors as CMYK, composite or separations color profiles are available.

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