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Whether you are working as a graphic designer or illustrator or receiving files as a client, you’ll most likely come across all sorts of different file formats. Encapsulated PostScript File (EPS) and Adobe Illustrator Artwork (AI) are two examples of the most common file types you’ll have to deal with. They are both native formats, which is extremely useful as this means they will preserve the editing capabilities within Adobe Illustrator.

So why make this conversion? At a basic level, the difference between the two is that EPS is an open format (understandable by other applications), whereas an AI file is used primarily by Adobe Illustrator.

This means that AI files could potentially offer different types of options and layouts which are not available in other formats. On the other hand, EPS files are more widely used and could be a better file type to send your designs to clients.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn both how to convert EPS to AI and how to convert AI to EPS in Adobe Illustrator. We’ll be using a video game logo as an example throughout the tutorial, but feel free to use your own files as you follow along step by step.

Follow along with us over on our Envato Tuts+ YouTube channel:

What You’ll Learn in This Adobe Illustrator Tutorial

  • How to open AI and EPS files
  • How to convert EPS to AI using Adobe Illustrator
  • How to convert AI to EPS using Adobe Illustrator
  • How to convert EPS file to AI online (useful if you do not have access to Adobe Illustrator)

What You’ll Need

Feel free to use your own design or logo. To follow along with this tutorial and to learn how to convert EPS to AI in Adobe Illustrator, you’ll need the following resources in order to complete this project:

Gameplay logo

1. How to Convert EPS to AI

Step 1

Let’s begin by learning how to open AI and EPS files in Adobe Illustrator. To do this, go to File > Open and select the EPS file you want to convert.

Open eps file

Step 2

Now that you have opened your EPS file in Adobe Illustrator, you are ready to convert the file to an AI file. To do this go to File > Save As…

Save as AI file

Step 3

Choose a new name and destination for your file. In the dropdown menu, choose Adobe Illustrator (*.AI). Once you’ve done that, click on the Save button to convert your file.

Convert to AI

2. How to Convert AI to EPS

Step 1

Now let’s convert the AI file into an EPS file using Adobe Illustrator. The process remains the same as before. Simply open up the AI file in Illustrator and then go to File > Open and select the AI file you want to convert.

Open AI file

Step 2

Now that you have opened your AI file in Adobe Illustrator, you are ready to convert the file to an EPS file. To do this, go to File > Save As…

Save as EPS file

Step 3

Choose a new name and destination for your file. In the dropdown menu, choose Illustrator EPS (*.EPS). Once you’ve done that, click on the Save button to convert your file.

Convert to EPS file

3. How to Convert EPS to AI Without Illustrator

If you don’t have access to a program such as Adobe Illustrator, you can also use a browser-based conversion system to convert an EPS file to AI online. This way, you can convert EPS to AI without Illustrator, which is ideal for anyone who only has a few files to convert.

There are many different file conversion systems online, as a simple Google search will show you. AnyConv is an online ESP to AI converter that works at this moment and is very simple and easy to use.

Most online converters work in the same way. Simply click on the Choose File button and select the file you want to convert. Then choose a file type to convert to, and the website will do the rest. Once it’s done, you can download your file.

Use online converter

Awesome! You’re Finished!

Congratulations! You now know how to convert EPS to AI and how to convert AI to EPS using Adobe Illustrator. If needed, you can also convert EPS to AI without Illustrator using an online converter. I hope you found this tutorial helpful, and I’ll see you next time!

Convert AI and EPS files

Top 5 Logo Packs 

Need a logo design? Why not download these professional logos from Envato Elements? Each package includes both EPS and AI files for you to use, so no conversions are necessary! 

Flamin Game Logo (AI, EPS)

Flamin Game Logo

This premium logo template includes a cute mascot character that’s great to use for any eSports event or business. Files included are fully editable and scalable.

Lion Logo (AI, EPS, JPG, PDF, PNG)

Lion Logo

This colorful and modern Lion animal logo would be perfect for any eSports team or for your own personal purpose.  

VR Games Logo (AI, EPS, PDF)

VR Games Logo

This VR Games logo template package contains versions for different backgrounds and colors to choose from. Perfect for anything to do with VR Games.

Infinite Game Logo (AI, EPS)

Infinite Game Logo

This modern Infinite Game logo has a simple design and could fit into any game-related business, event, leaflet, business card, etc.!

Game Logo Template (AI, EPS, JPG, PDF, PNG)

Game Logo Template

This colorful game logo is fully editable and scalable. It is perfect for anything to do with video games.

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