If you extract ZIP a vector file from a website like Freepik or Vexels, you will most likely get an EPS file. By default, you can modify EPS files in popular vector graphics programs such as Illustrator and CorelDRAW. Inkscape, on the other hand, does not have this functionality. However, Inkscape can still open and edit EPS files.
This software suite interprets the Portable Document Format (PDF) and Postscript page description languages. Using GhostScript, you can convert encapsulated PostScript (EPS) files to Inkscape-friendly formats. You can use GhostScript to open and edit an EPS file with Inkscape. You can use GhostScript on both Windows and Linux systems.
In this tutorial, you will install and use GhostScript on Windows. Go to the official GhostScript website and download the binary to get started. Choose a version that matches your operating system’s specifications (32-bit or 64-bit). When you double-click the EXE file, you will install the software.
To use the bin and lib folders of GhostScript, you need to configure the environment variables. Type “environment variables” in the Windows search and click Edit System Environment Variables.
Open a new window of system properties. You can find the Environment Variables button by clicking on it.
Once you have selected Path, click the Edit button to make changes.
To find the location of the GhostScript bin folder, use the New button and then the Browse button.
C: Programme Files (gs) is the usual location for the bin and lib folders, as shown in the screenshot below. To add the path, just click the OK button again.
Adding the path to the bin and lib folders gives you two additional ways to work, as seen in the screenshot below. To make the changes take effect, click the button OK.
Open your EPS file in Inkscape again using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+O. Click OK to import the EPS file when the following window appears.
To begin editing, After importing the image, ungroup it.
You can now save your file as an SVG file and export it to a PNG or SVG file for further editing.