I'm pretty sure when I used to save an EPS file in Illustrator CS5.5 it would include the artboard but now when I save as an EPS file it crops the document to the edge of the graphics/objects instead of the whole page. I've been trying to find the answer all day on Google with no luck. I found a work-around by placing non-filled squares in opposite corners but I'm sure there is an option to simply include the artboard.

How do I include the artboard when saving an Illustrator file as an EPS in CS5.5?

Thank you in advance. This is driving me crazy!

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Draw a rectangle the size of your artboard. Set it to have no fill and no stroke.

That empty rectangle will define the area of the illustration.

There's no real method to force third party software to see artboard dimensions. Some applications, such as Adobe InDesign, will allow you to define an import by art, media, trim, bleed, etc. But not all software does that.

  • That is what I have been doing but I'm pretty sure there is an option that lets you include the artboard when you save as an EPS. If I save as a PDF the document maintains the artboard but when I save as an EPS the dimensions are defined by the objects not the artboard. Jun 13, 2017 at 5:26
  • Well it depends upon what other application is reading the EPS. You haven't mentioned that.
    – Scott
    Jun 13, 2017 at 5:27
  • Acrobat Distiller and Photoshop which are both Adobe products so it doesn't make sense. Jun 13, 2017 at 5:31
  • FYI: The reason why I prefer to use Distiller is because even though I use the same PDF presets in Illustrator when saving a document as a PDF the file ends up being roughly 5 times the size than when I use Distiller. Jun 13, 2017 at 5:41
  • I really don't understand your workflow. Distiller is no different than saving as PDF.. only the Job Options may change. The thing to realize is that and EPS inherently has no background so artboards don't actually exist in EPS files. If you save as a PDF, that will read the artboard as the "page".
    – Scott
    Jun 13, 2017 at 6:03

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