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Chapter 14. Acquire > Linking images

Linking images

To reduce a file's size, you can link any imported EPS, GIF, JPEG, PICT, or TIFF images to the file instead of embedding them into the file. A copy of the image will act as a placeholder in your Illustrator document, but the actual image will remain separate from the Illustrator file. If you revise a linked image via the Edit Original button, the image will update in the Illustrator document (this can't be done with embedded images).

To link a file, use the File > Place command, and check the Link option. Instructions for placing and linking images are on page 250. Illustrator's Links palette helps you and your service bureau or print shop keep track of linked files. It lists all the linked and embedded files in your Illustrator document and puts a number of useful controls at your fingertips .


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