The File Extensions Database


.DCS File Extension

  • Developer by: Quark Software
  • Category: Vector Image Files

What is an .DCS file?

.DCS is Desktop Color Separation File

Color-separated .EPS file; often saved as a collection of files, one for each color; the individual files are used as "plates" for printing individual colors of an image; allows colors to be separated properly before being sent to the printer.

The DCS format was created by Quark, but is also supported by several Adobe applications.

Programs that open Desktop Color Separation File
Windows
QuarkXpress
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
Adobe Illustrator CC 2019
Adobe InDesign CC 2019
Mac
QuarkXpress
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
Adobe Illustrator CC 2019
Adobe InDesign CC 2019

How to solve problems with DCS files

  • Associate the DCS file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any DCS file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.DCS files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the DCS file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .DCS is Desktop Color Separation File. Because only the current version supports the latest DCS file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Quark Software manufacturer website after an available .DCS is Desktop Color Separation File update.
  • To make sure that your DCS file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.