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Managing images with the Links panel

From: Illustrator CS5 Essential Training

Video: Managing images with the Links panel

As you start to place images into your documents, you will need some kind of a way to manage those images. For example, you want to know where those files exist, what happens if one of those files is missing, what are the names of those files, what types of images are they, what is their resolution. All these things can be managed inside of Illustrator through the Links panel? So I am going to start with a blank document here. We will place some images into our document, and then we will talk about ways to manage those images once they are already in our file.

Managing images with the Links panel

As you start to place images into your documents, you will need some kind of a way to manage those images. For example, you want to know where those files exist, what happens if one of those files is missing, what are the names of those files, what types of images are they, what is their resolution. All these things can be managed inside of Illustrator through the Links panel? So I am going to start with a blank document here. We will place some images into our document, and then we will talk about ways to manage those images once they are already in our file.

I'll start by going to the File menu, and I'll choose Place. Inside of this Working with Images folder, I have a couple of images. I am going to place this one here called glories.psd. Place that into my document. Isn't that a lovely image? And now I'll go ahead and choose File > Place, and I'll choose, let's say, the bonsai.psd file, and place that as well. I'll place this image here towards the bottom of my document. And now I have two images inside of my document. I am going to go to the Window menu, and I am going to choose to open up the Links panel.

The Links panel gives me a list of all the images that are currently inside of my document. I have the glories.psd file and the bonsai.psd file. Even if I have no images selected right now, I can double-click on any of these to view additional link information. After all, these images are links. But I'll tell you that really the name of Links panel may not really be the best name for this panel, because it manages images that are also embedded. So, for example, if I take this bonsai tree right now and select it, and I choose to embed it, Illustrator still lists that image here inside the Links panel, but it gives me an icon here to let me know that this image right now is actually embedded.

I also don't have a name for that file. After all, this image now has become part of this document. So it doesn't have its own name. Now if you look at the bottom of the Links panel there are several icons here. I am going to deselect this image right here. And I'll select the glories.psd file here inside of the Links panel. And you'll see that there are these four icons at the bottom of the panel. The first one is Relink. Remember that right now this glories.psd file is an external file, which I am just referencing inside of this document.

If I decide that I don't want the glories.psd, I want to relink this to a completely different image, I would click on his Relink button, and that would allow me to choose now a different image to relink in its place. I am going to click Cancel though. There are some other icons here, once I am going to select the glories.psd file. This one says Go To Link. For example, if I had a very large file right now, and this image was somewhere in my document, by clicking on that button Illustrator would automatically zoom in to that image, and let me see it and select it inside of my document.

This icon here called Update Link is pretty powerful. If another designer right now would be working on that PSD file, and they made a change without me knowing about it, the image that I currently have linked to my document would be out of date. If that does indeed happen, a little yellow warning sign would appear next to the name glories.psd. And if were to click on this button right now to update the link, it would make sure that the image that I have in my file is the latest version. Finally, there's another option here called Edit Original.

This is an incredibly powerful feature. And the truth is it's because of this feature that I always choose to save my files as PSD files before I place them into Illustrator. You see if I click on this Edit Original button, Illustrator looks at the file type and opens up the application that created that file, allowing me to make edits or changes to that image. So, for example, if I were to click now on this Edit Original button with the glories.psd file highlighted, Illustrator will automatically switch to Photoshop and open up that image inside of Photoshop.

Notice that right now I'm in Photoshop and I see that image open. I can make any changes now, save my Photoshop file. And when I go back into Illustrator, Illustrator will automatically update that image to the latest version. I am going to close image here in Photoshop and go back to Illustrator. But you can see how powerful that workflow can be. In fact, the Edit Original is such an important feature, that whenever you have a linked image selected inside of Illustrator, you'll find that the Edit Original button appears also inside of the Control panel.

Now when you're working with embedded images, you'll notice that this option here is grayed out, as the Edit Original feature only works with linked images. So if you're working with a lot of images inside of your document, you'll find the Links panel incredibly helpful in keeping track of all your images.

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  1. 3m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Illustrator CS5?
      1m 46s
    3. Using the exercise files
      31s
  2. 12m 37s
    1. What are vector graphics?
      6m 3s
    2. Path and appearance
      3m 42s
    3. Stacking
      2m 52s
  3. 32m 6s
    1. The Welcome screen
      2m 23s
    2. Creating files for print
      6m 7s
    3. Creating files for the screen
      2m 55s
    4. Using prebuilt templates
      2m 40s
    5. Adding XMP metadata
      4m 18s
    6. Exploring the panels
      6m 33s
    7. Using the Control panel
      3m 11s
    8. Using workspaces
      3m 59s
  4. 43m 44s
    1. Navigating within a document
      9m 15s
    2. Using rulers and guides
      7m 26s
    3. Using grids
      3m 6s
    4. Using the bounding box
      3m 37s
    5. Using Smart Guides
      5m 56s
    6. The Hide Edges command
      3m 22s
    7. Various preview modes
      3m 47s
    8. Creating custom views
      4m 3s
    9. Locking and hiding artwork
      3m 12s
  5. 28m 46s
    1. Using the basic selection tools
      8m 50s
    2. Using the Magic Wand tool
      5m 22s
    3. Using the Lasso tool
      2m 28s
    4. Selecting objects by attribute or type
      3m 37s
    5. Saving and reusing selections
      2m 15s
    6. Selecting artwork beneath other objects
      2m 13s
    7. Exploring selection preferences
      4m 1s
  6. 1h 16m
    1. The importance of modifier keys
      1m 52s
    2. Drawing closed path primitives
      11m 38s
    3. Drawing open path primitives
      5m 47s
    4. Understanding anchor points
      3m 43s
    5. Drawing straight paths with the Pen tool
      7m 37s
    6. Drawing curved paths with the Pen tool
      9m 47s
    7. Drawing freeform paths with the Pencil tool
      5m 33s
    8. Smoothing and erasing paths
      3m 8s
    9. Editing anchor points
      7m 21s
    10. Joining and averaging paths
      10m 9s
    11. Simplifying paths
      4m 55s
    12. Using Offset Path
      2m 17s
    13. Cleaning up errant paths
      2m 32s
  7. 48m 26s
    1. The Draw Inside and Draw Behind modes
      7m 34s
    2. Creating compound paths
      5m 56s
    3. Creating compound shapes
      8m 0s
    4. Using the Shape Builder tool
      10m 28s
    5. Using Pathfinder functions
      8m 6s
    6. Splitting an object into a grid
      1m 16s
    7. Using the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
      7m 6s
  8. 49m 5s
    1. Creating point text
      4m 2s
    2. Creating area text
      8m 13s
    3. Applying basic character settings
      7m 44s
    4. Applying basic paragraph settings
      4m 28s
    5. Creating text threads
      8m 25s
    6. Setting text along an open path
      6m 29s
    7. Setting text along a closed path
      6m 24s
    8. Converting text into paths
      3m 20s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Create a logo mark
      11m 26s
    2. Add type to your logo
      7m 29s
  10. 42m 42s
    1. Using the Appearance panel
      8m 21s
    2. Targeting object attributes
      4m 42s
    3. Adding multiple attributes
      4m 25s
    4. Applying Live Effects
      5m 18s
    5. Expanding appearances
      4m 42s
    6. Appearance panel settings
      4m 33s
    7. Copying appearances
      4m 51s
    8. Saving appearances as graphic styles
      5m 50s
  11. 34m 0s
    1. Applying color to artwork
      5m 57s
    2. Creating process and global process swatches
      8m 54s
    3. Creating spot color swatches
      3m 19s
    4. Loading PANTONE and other custom color libraries
      4m 49s
    5. Organizing colors with Swatch Groups
      3m 31s
    6. Finding color suggestions with the Color Guide panel
      4m 24s
    7. Loading the Color Guide with user-defined colors
      3m 6s
  12. 50m 23s
    1. Creating gradients with the Gradient panel
      8m 12s
    2. Modifying gradients with the Gradient Annotator
      4m 37s
    3. Applying and manipulating pattern fills
      5m 33s
    4. Defining your own custom pattern fills
      9m 13s
    5. Applying basic stroke settings
      5m 22s
    6. Creating strokes with dashed lines
      3m 41s
    7. Adding arrowheads to strokes
      2m 45s
    8. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 35s
    9. Working with width profiles
      2m 36s
    10. Turning strokes into filled paths
      3m 49s
  13. 32m 46s
    1. Creating and editing groups
      8m 18s
    2. Adding attributes to groups
      12m 17s
    3. The importance of using layers
      5m 9s
    4. Using and "reading" the Layers panel
      7m 2s
  14. 12m 13s
    1. Creating and using multiple artboards
      7m 52s
    2. Modifying artboards with the Artboards panel
      2m 2s
    3. Copy and paste options with Artboards
      2m 19s
  15. 31m 10s
    1. Moving and copying artwork
      3m 55s
    2. Scaling or resizing artwork
      6m 47s
    3. Rotating artwork
      2m 44s
    4. Reflecting and skewing artwork
      2m 34s
    5. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 15s
    6. Repeating transformations
      3m 39s
    7. Performing individual transforms across multiple objects
      2m 10s
    8. Aligning objects and groups precisely
      4m 27s
    9. Distributing objects and spaces between objects
      2m 39s
  16. 35m 40s
    1. Placing pixel-based content into Illustrator
      5m 14s
    2. Managing images with the Links panel
      4m 49s
    3. Converting pixels to paths with Live Trace
      8m 44s
    4. Making Live Trace adjustments
      6m 9s
    5. Controlling colors in Live Trace
      6m 4s
    6. Using Photoshop and Live Trace together
      4m 40s
  17. 14m 42s
    1. Managing repeating artwork with symbols
      4m 38s
    2. Modifying and replacing symbol instances
      3m 8s
    3. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      6m 56s
  18. 16m 57s
    1. Cropping photographs
      1m 59s
    2. Clipping artwork with masks
      3m 22s
    3. Clipping the contents of a layer
      3m 31s
    4. Defining masks with soft edges
      8m 5s
  19. 26m 2s
    1. Defining a perspective grid
      7m 48s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      8m 46s
    3. Moving flat art onto the perspective grid
      9m 28s
  20. 25m 8s
    1. Printing your Illustrator document
      3m 26s
    2. Saving your Illustrator document
      6m 39s
    3. Creating PDF files for clients and printers
      7m 30s
    4. Exporting Illustrator files for use in Microsoft Office
      1m 4s
    5. Exporting Illustrator files for use in Photoshop
      2m 31s
    6. Exporting artwork for use on the web
      3m 3s
    7. Exporting high-resolution raster files
      55s
  21. 2m 18s
    1. Additional Illustrator learning resources
      1m 36s
    2. Goodbye
      42s

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