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Chapter 7. Using Adobe Illustrator CS2 > Working with Raster Images

Working with Raster Images

You can place raster images into Illustrator to perform various tasks, including applying transformations (rotating, scaling, and so on), as well as using images in a mask.

Images in Illustrator can be either linked or embedded. Linking a file involves placing a reference to that file into your Illustrator file, but the image remains a separate file. If you want to make an edit to that image, you open the original file and change it. Upon saving the file, you return to using Illustrator. Because Illustrator maintains a link to that image, Illustrator knows that you've updated the image and asks whether you want the image to be updated in your layout. However, if you were to delete that linked image from your computer, Illustrator would not be capable of printing the file correctly.


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