Is an EPS file, a vector file?
Not necessarily. Some suppliers when requesting simply for an "eps file" may really be asking for a 100% vector eps file, and this should be clarified since many non-vector programs can also save as eps.
EPS stands for Encapsulated PostScript. EPS is a graphic file format that describes an image (raster/bitmap) or a drawing (vector) or both. It is a standard file format for importing and exporting PostScript files. See raster vs vector
Even a file created with a vector program may not be 100% vector. If you create a file using a vector program but you import, place, or paste a raster (bitmap) element - like a photograph - into your vector file, you then end up with a file that has both vector and raster elements. Also, some of the effects within vector programs like gradients and shadows are actually raster effects. When a company requests for 100% vector art that means you cannot have any raster elements in your vector file. All elements within the vector file need to be created using the tools of the vector program (like the pen tool); no placed, imported, or pasted bitmap elements allowed and no raster effects. Raster vs Vector
Some of the processes that must have 100% vector art are sign vinyl-cutting and engraving. The equipment these processes use must follow the vector outline/wireframe.
Here at Vector Conversions supply you with 100% vector art unless requested otherwise.
The need for the eps seems to be phasing out and being replaced by the unversal pdf.
Which programs are vector programs?
The graphic design vector programs I am familiar with are Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, and FreeHand but there are other vector programs available, including open-source vector programs. Engineering drafting programs like Auto-Cad are also vector programs. We use Adobe illustrator but can also supply you with CorelDraw file format.
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*Although Photoshop can include some vector data its specialty is pixel editing, not vector editing.