How to Import EPS Files into PowerPoint

Here’s a cool tip I learned recently that’s opened a whole new world of graphics editing – and a new workaround for importing and editing vector files with .EPS extensions in PowerPoint.

For me, life has not been the same since Microsoft took away support for .EPS files in PowerPoint a while ago. This means that if you bring an .EPS vector into PowerPoint, you’ll get an error message.

Why is this such a pain?

Well, getting high quality EPS vectors and editing them is a KEY part of many of my cool PowerPoint tricks, such as the Splash Effect, Cartoon Effects, the Smoky Letters effect, and many others.

And since I’m not a pro designer, I sadly don’t have apps like Adobe Illustrator to work with vectors. This is often an advantage, since I’m forced to find free workarounds (that can then be passed on to others).

So up till now, here’s what WAS my (quite PAINFUL) workaround:

Using my out-of-date PowerPoint 2013 on my old computer.

Since it hasn’t been updated due to our work security settings, the .EPS file import still works.  I did have to annoyingly toggle between computers though, and I wasn’t too thrilled about recommending this, since not everyone has an outdated version of 2013 (nor really should).

Therefore, here are two NEW AND IMPROVED free workarounds for using .EPS files with PowerPoint (that should work for everyone):

Workaround #1:  CloudConvert

  • Go to CloudConvert.com
  • Click on “Select Files” and choose the EPS file you’d like to convert
  • Then choose ‘EMF’ (part of ‘Vector’) as the output
  • Hit “Start Conversion” and then click “Download” once it’s ready
  • Open the EMF file in PowerPoint and ungroup twice to edit it

Workaround #2:  Inkscape

  • Download the Inkscape application (it’s FREE and is available for various platforms)
  • Go here and convert your .EPS file into a PDF
  • Take that PDF file and open it in Inkscape
  • Save it as an EMF in Inkscape
  • Open the EMF in PowerPoint and ungroup twice to edit

Inkscape has tons of other features for working with vectors, but I’ve yet to fully explore those.

A huge thanks to Tom from Synapsis Creative (an amazing PPT design agency) for the tip about Inkscape.

Hopefully these workarounds are useful – they’ve certainly been great time and life savers for me.

If you have other workarounds for using EPS files in PowerPoint, feel free to shoot over  – always interested in even better ones!