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Lesson 7. Page Layout and Printing > Checking Your Links

Checking Your Links

When you import a bitmap graphic, SWF movie, or EPD file, by default the graphic or movie is linked, not embedded in your FreeHand document. FreeHand displays a low-resolution preview of the graphic within your document, but when you print the document, FreeHand uses the linked high-resolution graphic instead of the preview. FreeHand thus needs to know the exact location of the graphic file. If you change the location of a linked file, FreeHand asks you to locate the file when you open the FreeHand document.

If you prefer, you can choose to embed (or store) the graphic within your FreeHand document. The advantage to doing this is that you don’t have to keep track of the original file. If you transfer your files to a service bureau or someone else, you don’t have to worry about sending the linked files as well. The disadvantage is that your FreeHand file size increases. If you embed a high-resolution image with a large file size, you may also see a slowdown in FreeHand’s performance.


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