GIMP is a popular free image manipulation application. It’s possible in GIMP to manipulate all sorts of image formats including EPS (which is commonly used with Adobe and CorelDRAW). GIMP however needs Ghostscript installed and associated in order to open EPS files.
Update: Various combinations of Windows and Ghostscript no longer seem to work per the instructions above. Please see the comments for how others are opening .eps files in Gimp (and please leave a comment if the solution does or doesn’t work for you).
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Steps to open EPS files in GIMP
If you try to open an EPS image with GIMP you may see a warning similar to that as below.
If you get this message then there are a few steps you need to perform (the steps below are for Windows7 64bit however just change the Ghostscript path for 32bit Windows):
- Download and install Ghostscript.
- In Windows explorer find and make a note of the location of gswin64.exe (for 32bit versions look for gswin32.exe). This will likely be C:Program Filesgsgs9.04bin gswin64.exe.
- Go to Control Panel -> System -> Advanced system settings. On the Advanced tab click Environment Variables
- Click the New… button under System Variablesand enter the following in the two fields:
- Variable name: GS_PROG
- Variable value: C:Program Filesgsgs9.04bingswin64.exe (or whatever the location of gswin64.exe per step 2 above).
- Click Ok until out of the various windows.
- Start (or restart) GIMP.
You’ll now be able to open EPS files in GIMP.