Here's my problem:
I get eps files that i have to post to a website. I open the files in Photoshop, and they open on 1 layer, a Background later, that has a white background. However when I drop them into a PPT or Word doc, they are indeed transparent.
When I open the EPS's in Illustrator, they are transparent. When I re-save the EPS in Illustrator as an Illustrator EPS, and then open that file in Photoshop, it opens on "Layer 1" and is transparent.
Why are these EPS's opening on a background later to begin with?
Most files formats work that way. It has to do with the file containing only 1 layer. So by default it is opened with a single layer that is locked. When that layer is locked, by default it is called the background layer.
Look for the lock symbol on that layer and drag just that lock to the trash can. This unlocks that layer and you can now have a transparent background.
Yes, Photoshop rasterizes and flattens the EPS, that's the default behavior.
Where are you getting the files from, why are they in EPS?
(Doesn't Quark accept more file formats now? it might be a good opportunity to streamline the workflow)
As the others said, depends on how the transperency is created. What you describe sounds liek vector based object or clipping paths, which PS may not interpret correctly. So rather than importing, export a suitable version from Illustrator.
I'm talking about generic EPS, not about Illustrator EPS:
Nothing wrong with EPS in Photoshop. Clipping paths are
correctly interpreted as well.
Preferences > Transparency Settings > Grid color 1 + Grid Color 2
Both white - white background, used for better appearance
Both different - checkerboard pattern (indicates transparency)
EPS is transparent where no objects are placed. This kind of
transparency is not 'created' - it's just 'nothing'.
The working area isn't paper, isn't white. It's an abstract mathe-
matical plane, often with paper size.
Did you take the Transparency Settings into account?
Best regards --Gernot Hoffmann
PS.: Illustrator EPS behaves probably similarly, but here
I would be careful without having tested the different Illustrator
Thanks for these answers. I understand that unlocking the layer will open up transparency. But does anyone know why if I open the eps in Illustrator and save it as an Illustrator eps, and then open that file with photoshop, the image is on "Layer 1" and unlocked.
Does this mean the original file was created with a different program, perhaps?