1.126 FAQ-706 Some of my graphs do not export correctly when using the EPS file format. Are there any work arounds?

Last Update: 8/3/2015

If your graph includes text with superscript or subscript formatting, includes text with characters from the Symbol (Greek) or Script font sets, includes an embedded Windows Metafile or Enhanced Metafile, or uses the Origin Clip Data to Frame feature, your graph may not be correctly exported from Origin when using the File:Export Page menu item and selecting Encapsulated PostScript (*.EPS) from the Save as type list box.

The first thing to check is whether transparency feature has been turned on or not. Since EPS format itself does not support transparency, nevertheless transparency can be turned on in Origin before selecting which format to be exported, therefore it will potentially distort the exported EPS image.

If it is not related to transparency, use the procedure outlined below in Part B to create your EPS file in Origin. Please note that you must first have a PostScript printer driver installed on your computer before completing the instructions in Part B. If you do not already have a PostScript printer driver installed on your computer then you will need to follow the instructions in Part A below.

  1. You do not need to actually have a PostScript printer connected to your computer to install a PostScript printer driver because you will be specifying "File" for "Print to Port." Consequently, you can choose any PostScript printer driver that supports the EPS output format option. It is also recommended that you choose a PostScript printer driver that supports custom page size so that you have maximim flexibility when specifying the dimensions of the bounding box of the output EPS image file.
  2. The Alternative Method for Creating an EPS File has the following limitations: 1) The graph must have an orientation of Portrait. Landscape mode is not supported. For printers with a custom page size this means that the page height must always be greater than or equal to the page width. 2) EPS files created using the Adobe PostScript printer driver can not be opened using any Adobe software products. Other than these two limitations, the steps outlined below comprise a common and robust procedure.

Part A

  1. Install any one of several PostScript printer drivers. You can go to Adobe Software website, search printer driver and select the proper driver for your Windows OS. Then download and install the driver. Be sure to specify "File" for "Print to Port." while installing the driver. After installing the printer driver skip to Part B to create an EPS image file in Origin using the alternative method.
  2. During the printer driver installation process you will be asked to provide a *.PPD file (PostScript Printer Definition). The *.PPD file for the HP DesignJet 3500CP printer supports both the EPS output format and a custom page size. It has been found to work well when used with the Adobe PostScript printer driver for the purposes of creating an EPS image file. Adobe Software provides this PPD file (as well as many others) at the bottom of the same web page from which you downloaded the Adobe PostScript printer driver.

Part B

Once you have a PostScript printer driver installed, follow the procedure outlined below to create an EPS file of your Origin Graph or Layout page.

  1. Select File:Print. This menu command opens the Print dialog box.
  2. Select a PostScript printer from the Name drop-down list in the Printer group.
  3. Click the Properties button. This action opens the Printer Properties dialog box. Different printer drivers have different properties but in general you must select the options specified in steps 4 through 6.
  4. Select the Portrait radio button from the Orientation group.
  5. Select the PostScript tab (or edit PostScript Options).
  6. Select Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) from the PostScript Output Format drop-down list. A Warning dialog box may display reminding you to select the Print to File check box in the Print dialog box.
  7. Click OK in the Warning dialog box.
  8. Select the Paper tab (or edit Paper/Page Size Options).
  9. Select the paper size to set the size of the EPS bounding box. Select Custom and specify your own dimensions if desired.
  10. Click OK to close the Printer Properties dialog box.
  11. Select the Print to File check box in the Printer group of the Print dialog box.
  12. Click OK to close the Print dialog box. This action opens the Print to File dialog box.
  13. Select the desired folder from the Save In drop-down list.
  14. Type the file name (*.EPS) in the File Name text box.
  15. Click Save to close the dialog box and create the EPS file.

To create an EPS file of an additional graph or layout window, make the desired window active. Select File:Print and repeat steps 11 through 15.

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