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Adobe Illustrator - Placing A Picture

This guide will show you how to work with raster-based images.


Placing Files

  1. Choose File > Place, and select the file to be brought into Illustrator using the browser window.
  2. Select Link to create a link to the file, or deselect Link to embed the artwork in the Illustrator document.
  3. Click Place.
    • Or if using Adobe Bridge. Select the file in Bridge and then go to File > Place and then select in Illustrator and it will place it into the current document.
  4. If applicable, do one of the following:
    • If the file is a PDF file with multiple pages, choose which page you want to place and how to crop the artwork.
    • If the file is an Adobe Photoshop file,  choose how to convert layers. If the file contains layer comps, choose which version of the image to import.

After a file is placed, use the Links panel to identify, select, monitor, and update it.  


(A. Transparency interaction B. Missing artwork C. Embedded artwork D. Modified artwork E.Linked artwork )

Embed a linked file

Rather than linking to a file placed in a document, it can be embedded (or stored) within the Illustrator document. Keep in mind that embedding a file, rather than linking to the original, increases the document file size.

  1. Select a file in the Links panel, and choose Embed Image from the panel menu.
  2. Select the linked artwork in the illustration window. In the Control panel, click the Embed button.

The file remains in the Links panel marked with the embedded-link icon.

If you need further assistance please contact the Information Technology Help Desk at 920-424-3020 or

Keywords:"Placing Files", "Embedding Images", "Working with Images"   Doc ID:64292
Owner:Richard L.Group:UW Oshkosh
Created:2016-06-21 09:22 CDTUpdated:2016-06-21 16:04 CDT
Sites:UW Oshkosh
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