How to Edit With EMF

By Tammy Clevenger

If you have an EMF file to edit, you can edit this graphic image with a compatible image editor, such as Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Paint. A graphics file with the EMF file extension is an Enhanced Windows Metafile. The EMF file format is “enhanced" because this image type is a 32-bit version of the original Windows Metafile (WMF) 16-bit image type. EMF files can be converted into other graphic file formats using a program like Paint. However, Paint provides very limited options for editing EMF files. For extensive editing of EMF files, use a professional design program, such as Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.

Edit EMF in Paint

Step 1

Right-click on the EMF file to display the File context menu.

Step 2

Click the “Open With” option. A list of installed applications opens.

Step 3

Click the “Paint” option. The EMF file opens in Paint for editing.

Step 4

Click on one of the editing tools in the top navigation ribbon. Edit the graphic, as desired.

Step 5

Click the “Paint” button on the top taskbar, then click “Save” to re-save the image as an EMF file. Alternatively, click “Save As” to convert the EMF file to another image format.

Step 6

Click the “Save as Type” drop-down arrow to show file type options.

Step 7

Click the desired graphic file format from the list.

Step 8

Type a name for the new image into the “File Name" input box, then click the “Save” button. The EMF file is edited and re-saved, or converted to another image type.

Edit EMF in Photoshop

Step 1

Right-click on the EMF file and click the “Open With” option in the context menu.

Step 2

Click the “Adobe Photoshop” entry in the list of available programs. The EMF file opens in Photoshop.

Step 3

Edit the EMF file using the tools in the Photoshop toolbox. Many more tools and options are available in Photoshop versus Paint.

Step 4

Click the “File” option, then click “Save for Web & Devices” to save the EMF file as a PNG, JPG or GIF file. Click the “Save” option from the File menu. A dialog box will open prompting you to re-save in EMF format, or to save the file as a Photoshop PSD file. Click on your selection.

Step 5

Click the “File Format” drop-down box in the right pane of the File Save screen, and click the desired image format, if you selected “Save for Web & Devices.”

Step 6

Type a name for the image into the “File Name” box.

Step 7

Click the “Save” button. The EMF file is edited and re-saved, or converted.

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