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Chapter 20. Working with Placed Graphics... > Working with Placed Graphics

Working with Placed Graphics

Although Illustrator can open and edit Photoshop documents—as well as accept raster (and vector) objects copied from Photoshop or InDesign and pasted into Illustrator—to work with a raster image as a single, flat object in an Illustrator document, you must place the file.

Placing Graphics

On the File menu is the Place command, which opens a dialog very similar to the one displayed with the File, Open command (see Figure 20.1). Instead of opening a file, however, the Place dialog inserts the external file on the current document's artboard. Placed files, even other Illustrator documents, are not directly editable when inserted via the Place command. In other words, constituent objects in the placed graphic cannot be manipulated independently of the whole.


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