Exporting MXD Files to EPS Files | Chron.com

If your business uses ArcMap to create detailed maps for deployment in website or mobile applications, you may need to create versions of your cartographic output that provide compatibility with graphic-design software. To provide your designer with output she can use to implement your maps in brochures and other publicity materials, export your MXD map files to the Encapsulated PostScript, or EPS, file format. Set your output options to produce the most useful files possible. Open the ArcMap File menu and choose 'Export Map.' Set the output resolution for bitmapped objects in your EPS file. ArcMap defaults to 300 pixels per inch for vector formats, but you can set a higher or lower value. Set Output Image Quality, which interacts with output resolution. By default, ArcMap exports at Best quality, or a 1:1 ratio between resampling and resolution. At Best quality and 300 ppi, your output file contains 300 ppi raster content. At a ratio of 1:2, ArcMap downsamples your output to 150 ppi. Select a Picture Symbol setting from the drop-down menu. These options determine whether your layer markers will be rasterized, vectorized or left as typographic symbols in your output file. Select your desired Destination Colorspace, either RGB or CMYK. Because the EPS file format uses the PostScript language, you can set PS Language Level to create output that's compatible with Level 3, Level 2 or Level 1. Image Compression provides a choice of compression schemes used to reduce the size of bitmapped data. You can select 'Adaptive' to allow ArcMap to make context-sensitive choices, JPEG for lossy resampling, or choose from a range of lossless options, including 'None' for an uncompressed output file. Allow ArcMap to embed the fonts used in your documents to make your output file viewable on systems that don't have access to the font software you used. Select Advanced options to create an EPS file that shows a negative image or one that's flipped. These options create files for output to film and for specialized printing purposes. Output your file. You can open it in a graphics application that reads EPS files, such as Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW, or rasterize it in a bitmap editor such as Adobe Photoshop or Corel PhotoPaint. Elizabeth Mott has been a writer since 1983. Mott has extensive experience writing advertising copy for everything from kitchen appliances and financial services to education and tourism. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from Indiana State University. Source.

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