3 Replies Latest reply on Feb 24, 2014 1:17 PM by Willi Adelberger

    Why does export EPS seem to support transparency?


      Using CS4, and if not mistaken, CS6… if I place any image, e.g., jpg… in the center of a page and then export EPS… then open that exported file using Photoshop, I am presented with a rasterization dialog. Even if the entire document contains a solid background I am still required to enter a dpi upon open in PS. Is there a way to export to EPS where the image retains its DPI—selecting just the image does not seem to work either? Or am I forced to note the resolution enter it upon open in PS, and then trim/crop accordingly to obtain the image? I realize there are plenty of better options, but it's just one of those things I am a perplexed by.




        • 1. Re: Why does export EPS seem to support transparency?
          [Jongware] Most Valuable Participant

          Nothing to be perplexed by. (Except, perhaps, that your title does not seem to match your question. )


          An EPS exported from within InDesign is not the same thing as an EPS directly exported from PhotoShop. InDesign does not export "the select image"; it exports 'any page item' where its actual contents are inconsequential. ID does not know (nor care) that you only selected a single image.


          Unless your workflow is more complicated than you describe, it may be easier to open the original image directly in Photoshop. On a correctly installed system, that can be as painless as right-click image -> select "Edit Original".

          • 2. Re: Why does export EPS seem to support transparency?
            Jeffkr Level 1

            Thank you very much Jongware,

            This is the confirmation information I was after.


            You are right… my question doesn't reflect my post title, sorry about that. My initial question was based on the fact that the exported EPS would yield a transparent background when opened in Photoshop, since the entire page bounds are exported. Originally I included that tidbit of info, then ended up deleting it. Initially I thought the rasterization had something to due to this transparent backaground.


            I agree, it's silly why this person was exporting an EPS. Her need (or explanation) was based on limited graphic knowledge. The originating artist has a habit of scaling images within InDesign disproportionately. The woman exporting the EPS just wanted the image by its lonesome scaled the same way as it appeared in InDesign along with the same effective resolution. I told her to export a PDF removing any downsampling, but that seemed to be too many steps for her


            Thanks again,


            • 3. Re: Why does export EPS seem to support transparency?
              Willi Adelberger Most Valuable Participant

              Don't use EPS anymore! EPS does NOT support transparency. Exporting to PDF/X4 ist the best way to use it later in Photoshop.