Pshop CS3 -- Saving EPS file with transparent background
Mon, 16 July 2007 18:50
In CS2 and previous to save an EPS with a transparent background you simply clicked on "Help" and there was an option there to simplify the process. With CS3 there isn't that option.
I looked online and it said select the "transparent whites" option in the EPS options dialog box when saving. But there isn't that option in the dialog box.
What's the quick way to do this??
Thanks for the help.
PS. It sure would be nice if this forum was divided up by version so you could search by version. When I did a search I found a number of solutions for PS 6.0. That was helpful!!
Mon, 16 July 2007 18:52
There is no such thing as a transparent EPS. EPS has no support for
transparency. All the feature did was create a clipping path.
Mon, 16 July 2007 19:02
OK, fair enough. But is there an easy way to do this with CS3 as there was with CS2 and earlier versions?
Mon, 16 July 2007 20:41
Make a path around the object and convert it to a Clipping Path in the Paths palette.
Are you sure eps is what you want? Why?
Mon, 16 July 2007 23:40
I'm a bit confused by the question "are you sure eps" is what you want?" I use TIFs and I use EPS files in Quark and InDesign documents. If I want a transparent background around an object/image I always use EPS files and until recently I simply used the "Make Transparent EPS" option in the Help menu item in Ps CS2. With TIF files you cannot make a transparent background.
So,that is why I want an EPS file.
If there is a better way that I'm not aware of please let me know.
PS. A further question is why was the "Make Transparent EPS" option in PS for the past number of years... and why was it removed??
Mon, 16 July 2007 23:46
Because EPS is on the way out! Clipping paths (except for those chained to their Quark 4-6.5 workstations) are fine and dandy, but most modern programs (i.e. InDesign) don't need a clipping path to recognize transparency in an image. ID can recognize alpha channels, layer masks, etc. and you do not have to save a second version of the file in the EPS format.
I hope both EPS and DCS 2.0 die and die quickly!
Mon, 16 July 2007 23:54
I've just started using InDesign with CS3 and I've inherited a project from another designer. They used TIFs and EPS files in the ID doc just like I would have done in Quark 6.5. I did in fact start to place photoshop files directly into ID but I was concerned that this would cause problems down the road when the doc goes off to the printer.
So, I should abandon the whole TIF and EPS placement in my ID documents? Is that what you are saying? And, when this goes to the Printer all will be OK? I do know that the printer is using ID CS3 as well.
Tue, 17 July 2007 01:16
1. Export to PDF High Quality or Press Quality (good way to check that all is well with your document anyway...if it will create a good PDF, it should create good plates..)
PDF doesn't care if your image is a .psd, .eps, etc. This way you do not have to worry which version of ID, PS, etc. your printer has, if your printer has the correct fonts, etc.
I broke with Quark at ID1 over the whole clipping path issue...ID had support for native psd transparency (unfortunately Creo/Sitex did not...)Quark didn't...Quark got whupped good for that one.
2. Package native document....Run File>Package when saving your final ID document. This will collect all fonts (except for those embedded in a EPS file) and all images used in the file, unlike the Q product. It will also save your document and a print summary for your printer.
I have never had a problem with printing native psd's with transparency since ID 2.0 (as the rip world had caught up with Adobe)...on occasion I will have problems with Illustrator files which usually are my fault for forgetting to 1. Respect the raster blast zone and to go to Effects>Document Raster Effects Settings and set the blasted thing to 300 dpi.
If your printer is up to the latest version you are lucky! Most of mine are still at CS2...and on occasion I need to save to the IDexchange format...
Another key point...the raster blast zone...place all type on a layer above any image that contains a drop shadow, outer glow, etc...what will happen is if the type is on the same layer is that part of the type overlapped by the raster effect will be rastered and you will see a "stroke" added to your type. If your type is on a layer above the effect, your type is protected from rasterizing...
Tue, 17 July 2007 08:41
> If your printer is up to the latest version you are lucky! Most of mine are still at CS2...and on occasion I need to save to the IDexchange format...
Sending INX for printing? You sure like to live dangerously.
Creativepart, stick to PDF exported from InDesign. Sending native files
to press is, AFAIC, just as archaic as the EPS file format.
If you want to take this further, you might want to move it over to the
Tue, 17 July 2007 09:24
Thanks everyone I appreciate the help. By the way, at them meeting where I was given this project the printer's rep told me that they were using PDF files but the first issue of this publication had some page setup problems (one page backed up upside down to the front page) and so they wanted native files rather than PDF.
With all the changes in CS3 and a deadlined production process I'm learning the new versions of Ps and Ai at the same time I'm using Id for the first time ever.
That will keep you on your toes.