PS Files
the PostScript format
for Graphics and Text

PS is a data directory which contains examples of PS or PostScript files. PostScript is primarily designed to present publication-quality text. A PostScript file consists of a set of images of pages. These pages can include graphics, or in fact consist entirely of graphics.

As a graphic language, PostScript is basically vector-based rather than bit-mapped. Thus, it's easy to draw a square or a star, or even a filled polygonal region. But it's rather unnatural, in PostScript, to define a rectangular region in which every pixel has an assigned color. If a highly detailed bit-map image is needed, it is often computed in another format, such as GIF, and then "imported" into the PostScript file.

PS File Characteristics:


The computer code and data files described and made available on this web page are distributed under the GNU LGPL license.

Related Data and Programs:

EPS, a data directory which contains examples of the Encapsulated PostScript format.


  1. Adobe Systems,
    PostScript Language Reference Manual,
    Third Edition, 1999.
  2. Henry McGilton, Mary Campione,
    PostScript by Example,
    Addison Wesley, 1992,
    LC: QA76.73.P67M34.

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Last revised on 14 March 2010.