How to Use Ghostscript With Inkscape

Written by carol adams
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How to Use Ghostscript With Inkscape
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Inkscape is a freeware vectors graphics program that is widely used for many type of projects. It can generally import a wide array of formats; however, there are some exceptions. One of these is the EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) format. Fortunately, you can install the free Ghostscript plug-in that will make it possible for Inkscape to open these files. Doing this is not too difficult, although there is more to the process than with your standard installer.

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  1. 1

    Download the Ghostscript plug-in and click on it to start the installation. In the set-up window, click “Install.”

  2. 2

    Go to the “Start” menu and use the “Search” function to go to the “sysdm.cpl” file. From the list, click “sysdm.cpl.” In the “System Properties” dialogue that appears, click on the “Advanced Tab.”

  3. 3

    Go to the bottom and select “Environmental Variables.” Under “Variable” choose “Path” and click on the “Edit” button. This will bring up the “Edit System Variable” dialogue.

  4. 4

    Type into the “Variable Value” the following: “:C:\Program Files\gs\gs8.70\lib” and click “OK.” Then restart your computer.

  5. 5

    Open Inkscape. Select “File” from the menu and choose “Open.” In the dialogue that appears, locate the EPS file that you want to use and open it. A dialogue will appear in which you choose the features you want for the imported document, such as clipping and font type. Click “OK” and Inkscape will open the file.

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