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Chapter 14. Acquire > Opening and placing images

Opening and placing images

How images are acquired

You can use Illustrator to open or import objects or images in a variety of file formats, which means you can work with imagery that was originally created in other applications. Methods for acquiring images from other applications include the Open command, the Place command, and drag-and-drop. The method you choose to use depends on which file formats are available for saving the file in its original application and how you intend to use the imagery in Illustrator.

If you open a document from another drawing (vector) application using the Open command, a new Illustrator file will be created, and the acquired objects can then be manipulated using any Illustrator tool, command, filter, or effect. If you open a document from a bitmap program other than Photoshop using the Open command, the image won't be converted into separate objects; it will stay as one object in its outlined box.


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