Export to EPS

EPS files use the PostScript page description language to describe vector and raster objects. PostScript is the publishing industry standard for high-end graphics files, cartography, and printing. EPS files can be edited in many drawing applications or placed as a graphic in most page layout applications. EPS files support font embedding and can define colors in CMYK or RGB values.

To export an EPS file, make sure a map or layout view is active. On the Share tab, click Map Export or Layout Export, depending on the active view, to open the Export pane. Change the File Type to EPS. Set a name and location for the file, as well as any other properties, and click Export.


Certain options are only available when exporting a map or layout. When exporting a map, you can set the size of the map export. When exporting a layout, you can clip to graphics extent.

The following properties are available when exporting to an EPS file:


Output as image

Export vector content as an image. For maps or layouts containing vector layers with a high density of vertices, this can drastically reduce the output file size. When using this option, some enhanced features, such as layers and attributes, no longer work.

Image compression

The compression scheme used to compress image or raster data in the output file. Choose from the following:

  • None—Compression is not applied.
  • RLE—Run-length encoded compression, a lossless compression method.
  • Deflate—Lossless compression method.
  • LZW—Lossless compression method using a code table.

Vector resolution

The effective dpi of the vector data in the layout. DPI is available only when exporting a layout. When exporting a map, the dpi is calculated automatically.

Raster resample

The amount of image resampling. The control determines the effective resolution of raster content on output. For instance, if the output image quality ratio is set to 1:2 and the output resolution is set to 300 dpi, the raster content will be output at approximately 150 dpi. In many cases, the raster data can be included at a lower dpi than the vector data without visibly affecting quality, which will reduce the output file size.

Embed fonts

Include embeddable fonts in the exported file to maintain font consistency across different platforms.

Convert character marker symbols to polygon

Controls whether marker symbols based on font characters are exported as characters referenced from the font or as polygons. Check this option to view the output on a machine that does not have the appropriate fonts installed when you cannot embed the fonts due to licensing or file format restrictions.

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