EPS-PIL Encapsulated Postscript

Extensions: .ps, .eps

From the Pillow docs:

PIL identifies EPS files containing image data, and can read files that contain embedded raster images (ImageData descriptors). If Ghostscript is available, other EPS files can be read as well. The EPS driver can also write EPS images. The EPS driver can read EPS images in L, LAB, RGB and CMYK mode, but Ghostscript may convert the images to RGB mode rather than leaving them in the original color space. The EPS driver can write images in L, RGB and CMYK modes.

If Ghostscript is available, you can call the load() method with the following parameter to affect how Ghostscript renders the EPS


Affects the scale of the resultant rasterized image. If the EPS suggests that the image be rendered at 100px x 100px, setting this parameter to 2 will make the Ghostscript render a 200px x 200px image instead. The relative position of the bounding box is maintained:

im = Image.open(...)
im.size #(100,100)
im.size #(200,200)

Parameters for reading

pilmode : str

From the Pillow documentation:

  • ‘L’ (8-bit pixels, grayscale)
  • ‘P’ (8-bit pixels, mapped to any other mode using a color palette)
  • ‘RGB’ (3x8-bit pixels, true color)
  • ‘RGBA’ (4x8-bit pixels, true color with transparency mask)
  • ‘CMYK’ (4x8-bit pixels, color separation)
  • ‘YCbCr’ (3x8-bit pixels, color video format)
  • ‘I’ (32-bit signed integer pixels)
  • ‘F’ (32-bit floating point pixels)

PIL also provides limited support for a few special modes, including ‘LA’ (‘L’ with alpha), ‘RGBX’ (true color with padding) and ‘RGBa’ (true color with premultiplied alpha).

When translating a color image to grayscale (mode ‘L’, ‘I’ or ‘F’), the library uses the ITU-R 601-2 luma transform:

L = R * 299/1000 + G * 587/1000 + B * 114/1000
as_gray : bool
If True, the image is converted using mode ‘F’. When mode is not None and as_gray is True, the image is first converted according to mode, and the result is then “flattened” using mode ‘F’.