Newbie here. I wanted to design a wallpaper, (I was starting with a 1280x1024 size), so I downloaded this graphic from freepik [ see link below ] but I cannot figure out how to edit it.

First I loaded it into GIMP using ghostscript but the EPS file came out tiny

And then I tried to load it through Inkscape, but it either came out tiny like above or lost quality (pixelated)

(gimp on the left; zoomed in inkscape on the right)

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I've tried a bunch of different things, but I don't exactly know what I'm doing...

I want to be able to edit the background/background colors (which seems like it should be transparent) and edit and/or remove the text. The lines of the bubbles have a bit of transparency to them so I want to be able to see the background through it if possible.

I've tried "ungrouping" the layers, but I am unsure if that even did anything.

Please explain what program I should be using, where I may be going wrong, and a step by step to fix this.

EDIT: When I attempted to specify the resolution/size (tested at 1000) in gimp, it was bigger - but pixelated...

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  • It might help if you were to share the EPS file so that it can be checked.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 27, 2017 at 10:01
  • the file can be found here: freepik.com/free-vector/colored-bubbles_1063923.htm All I did was unzip the file which contained an EPS and a JPG (besides licensing info)
    – Nicole
    Jun 27, 2017 at 11:59
  • I can't get it to work either. Both Inkscape and GIMP only seem to open the low res thumbnail image. It would be easy enough to recreate this yourself in Inkscape.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 27, 2017 at 15:54
  • Any tips on how I would go about recreating it? And which would be better, inkscape or gimp?
    – Nicole
    Jun 27, 2017 at 17:14
  • The newest Inkscape has a gradient mesh which you could use to colour the outside of the bubble, and you can fill the mesh with semi-transparent colours. The inside white area could be made using an ellipse filled white, applying a blur, and reducing it's opacity.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 27, 2017 at 17:26

3 Answers 3


When you import an EPS in Gimp you can specify a size:

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Set a higher resolution when opening your EPS file, like 300DPI. Gimp likes to open EPS at 100DPI, not sure why. And if the image appears cut-off like what you showed above, increase the image res to way up like 5,000 x 5,000 to see the entire image.

I just did this and all the "pixels" are gone!


Same happened to me. Try adding an alpha channel by right clicking on your layer. You'll be able to edit then.

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