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Placing images

From: Illustrator CS4 Essential Training

Video: Placing images

It's true Illustrator is a vector based application. However there are many times you may need to integrate photographic content, pixel based content into your artwork inside of Illustrator. So let's take a moment to discuss some of the basics of integrating pixel base content and photograph into your layout inside of Illustrator. The way that you place a photograph into your document is to go to the File menu, choose Place and then choose a photograph. Now if you have access to the exercise files, in the chapter 15 folder, you will find the range of Photoshop files. They are all PSD files. Now, naturally, you could also place other images like EPS images, TIFF images, JPEG, GIF so on and so forth. But for here I'm going to be using Photoshop images or native that .psd files. Also I choose one of here called surf_walk. Now before I go ahead and I actually place this.

Placing images

It's true Illustrator is a vector based application. However there are many times you may need to integrate photographic content, pixel based content into your artwork inside of Illustrator. So let's take a moment to discuss some of the basics of integrating pixel base content and photograph into your layout inside of Illustrator. The way that you place a photograph into your document is to go to the File menu, choose Place and then choose a photograph. Now if you have access to the exercise files, in the chapter 15 folder, you will find the range of Photoshop files. They are all PSD files. Now, naturally, you could also place other images like EPS images, TIFF images, JPEG, GIF so on and so forth. But for here I'm going to be using Photoshop images or native that .psd files. Also I choose one of here called surf_walk. Now before I go ahead and I actually place this.

Let's take a look at some of the options that appear here at the bottom of this dialog box. First of all there is a checkbox here called Link. That's because there are two types of workflows that exits when dealing with images inside of Illustrator itself. You can either place a photograph into Illustrator as a linked image. When you do so the file itself resides outside of Illustrator meaning that the photograph itself leaves and the separate file than the actual Illustrator document and the Illustrator files simply references that external file. Now anytime with that external Photoshop file gets updated, the update also happens inside of Illustrator's files. The alternative is to actually place an image inside of Illustrator and you embed that particular image. When you embed a file, which means that if you then apply some kind of edit to the external file, it does not update or make any change to the Illustrator document itself.

Obviously, by embedding a photograph into an Illustrator document, your Illustrator file size will grow to include whatever size that image is. There are benefits to both of these works flows. Obviously, working with the linked workflow where the image is external from the Illustrator file. That means the Illustrator files themselves are smaller, but that also means if you ever send your Illustrator file off to somebody else, I have to print to different designer. They would need to access to that image as well. So you would either need to send alone that image or that image would need to reside on a server or public location where they can access it. Otherwise we will not be able to view or print that particular document.

However, if you embed a particular image into a file, then you could send that file along to somebody else, or to printer or to a friend and they have all the information that they need to work with and to print that file. Now if you have the same image that may be placed into several of the documents and then you need to make and update to that particular image, it's obviously a lot easier if you have a linked image, then you simply update that external files once and it automatically update and all the Illustrator files that you've used that image with. Naturally, as with anything else inside of Illustrator, every single design task will dictate it's own needs and workflows. For now I'm going to place this image with the Link box check. That means that there will be this external link to the file. You also have the ability to choose Template, which will automatically turn that particular image into a Template layer as you place it then you can trace over it. But I'm not going to choose that one in this option right here. So I'm going to go ahead and choose Place and that places that image right on to my screen right here. A quick way to easily identify an image as linked is this X that appears to it. You can also look up in the upper left hand corner of your Control panel, where it says Object Type, which currently identifies it as a Linked File. If you click on this, it also opens up the Links panel, which we will talk about in a later movie in this particular chapter.

I'm going to go ahead and scale this. I'll just going to hold down the Shift key while I scale this image to be a little bit smaller. I want to place a few more images on the file so we can take a look at how other images can be placed. I'm going to choose File; I'm going to choose Place again. Let's choose one of these other images for example surf_dude_2. In this example I'm going to uncheck the Link option. That means when now I'll Place it, Illustrator is going to include that into the file. I notice that X is no longer here. This image is now included and embedded into this Illustrator document. If I go ahead and I scale this down over here, I can now position this over here as well. Let's place one more image. I'll go to the File menu here, choose Place and that same folder. Let's choose another one here. Let's call this one surf_sign.

I'm now going to go ahead and choose to link that particular one. It's important to realize by the way as you are working that the settings that are here on the Place dialog box are sticky. Meaning that the setting that you have chosen stays that way until you change it otherwise. So if you unlink a particular document, when you are placing it and then you go ahead and you place a few more images, those will be unlinked unless you check it back on again. I do find that sometimes people don't realize they are embedding how much images thinking that they have linked, not realizing that they didn't check their box back on again. I'm going to choose Place, one more time this image will now come in here. I'll scale this went down a little bit.

I just want to let you know that once you actually apply or you bring a linked image into your layout, if you click on it, you can see that there is a button here called Embed in the Control panel. This allows you to decide hey, if you want to embed the image now inside of Illustrator, doing so now makes it part of the Illustrator files. It is now no longer linked. It's now part of Illustrator files. One of the benefits of using an embedded image inside of Illustrator is also that you can now include that image into a symbol definition. Linked images cannot included into a symbol.

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  1. 59s
    1. Welcome
      59s
  2. 33m 17s
    1. Why use Illustrator?
      2m 22s
    2. What are vector graphics?
      8m 4s
    3. Understanding paths
      4m 13s
    4. Fill and Stroke attributes
      5m 32s
    5. Selections and stacking order
      8m 31s
    6. Isolation mode
      4m 35s
  3. 23m 43s
    1. The Welcome screen
      1m 11s
    2. New Document Profiles
      4m 36s
    3. Using multiple artboards
      7m 17s
    4. Libraries and content
      3m 52s
    5. Illustrator templates
      2m 56s
    6. Adding XMP metadata
      3m 51s
  4. 43m 55s
    1. Exploring panels
      4m 18s
    2. Using the Control panel
      5m 25s
    3. Navigating within a document
      5m 27s
    4. Using rulers and guides
      5m 23s
    5. Using grids
      2m 12s
    6. Utilizing the bounding box
      3m 3s
    7. Using Smart Guides
      4m 59s
    8. The Hide Edges command
      3m 31s
    9. Preview and Outline modes
      2m 18s
    10. Using workspaces
      7m 19s
  5. 38m 3s
    1. The importance of modifier keys
      1m 9s
    2. Drawing closed-path primitives
      7m 15s
    3. Drawing open-path primitives
      5m 5s
    4. Simple drawing with the Pen tool
      7m 28s
    5. Advanced drawing with the Pen tool
      10m 33s
    6. Drawing with the Pencil tool
      6m 33s
  6. 46m 37s
    1. Editing anchor points
      13m 7s
    2. Creating compound shapes
      5m 55s
    3. Utilizing Pathfinder functions
      5m 11s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      5m 37s
    5. Outlining strokes
      3m 24s
    6. Simplifying paths
      5m 41s
    7. Using Offset Path
      2m 43s
    8. Dividing an object into a grid
      1m 41s
    9. Cleaning up errant paths
      3m 18s
  7. 35m 23s
    1. Creating point text
      4m 4s
    2. Creating area text
      4m 19s
    3. Applying basic character settings
      6m 27s
    4. Applying basic paragraph settings
      4m 4s
    5. Creating text threads
      5m 28s
    6. Creating text on open paths
      5m 18s
    7. Creating text on closed paths
      3m 57s
    8. Converting text to outlines
      1m 46s
  8. 20m 15s
    1. Using the basic selection tools
      7m 53s
    2. Using the Magic Wand and Lasso tools
      6m 34s
    3. Selecting objects by attribute
      2m 38s
    4. Saving and reusing selections
      3m 10s
  9. 40m 35s
    1. Using the Appearance panel
      6m 48s
    2. Targeting object attributes
      3m 26s
    3. Adding multiple attributes
      7m 6s
    4. Applying Live Effects
      8m 9s
    5. Expanding appearances
      4m 48s
    6. Appearance panel settings
      6m 51s
    7. Copying appearances
      3m 27s
  10. 37m 15s
    1. Defining groups
      7m 2s
    2. Editing groups
      5m 28s
    3. Working with layers
      8m 10s
    4. Layer and object hierarchy
      6m 57s
    5. Creating template layers
      2m 3s
    6. Object, group, and layer attributes
      7m 35s
  11. 44m 4s
    1. Applying colors
      3m 18s
    2. Creating solid color swatches
      4m 48s
    3. Creating global process swatches
      5m 1s
    4. Using spot color swatches
      4m 27s
    5. Creating swatch groups and libraries
      6m 50s
    6. Working with linear gradient fills
      6m 34s
    7. Working with radial gradient fills
      2m 19s
    8. Applying and manipulating pattern fills
      4m 51s
    9. Defining simple patterns
      5m 56s
  12. 22m 43s
    1. Moving and copying objects
      2m 1s
    2. Scaling objects
      4m 49s
    3. Rotating objects
      3m 14s
    4. Reflecting and skewing objects
      2m 27s
    5. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 9s
    6. Aligning objects
      5m 15s
    7. Distributing objects
      2m 48s
  13. 25m 13s
    1. Using a pressure-sensitive tablet
      1m 38s
    2. Using the Calligraphic brush
      6m 10s
    3. Using the Scatter brush
      4m 0s
    4. Using the Art brush
      2m 26s
    5. Using the Pattern brush
      3m 21s
    6. Using the Paintbrush tool
      1m 41s
    7. Using the Blob Brush tool
      3m 42s
    8. Using the Eraser tool
      2m 15s
  14. 16m 36s
    1. Using symbols
      3m 9s
    2. Defining your own symbols
      2m 1s
    3. Editing symbols
      4m 4s
    4. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      2m 32s
    5. Using the Symbolism toolset
      4m 50s
  15. 35m 37s
    1. Minding your resolution settings
      6m 15s
    2. Applying basic 3D extrusions
      6m 43s
    3. Applying basic 3D revolves
      2m 31s
    4. Basic artwork mapping
      5m 9s
    5. Using the Stylize effects
      5m 35s
    6. Using the Scribble effect
      5m 43s
    7. Using the Warp effect
      3m 41s
  16. 21m 37s
    1. Placing images
      4m 51s
    2. Using the Links panel
      2m 47s
    3. The Edit Original workflow
      2m 0s
    4. Converting images to vectors with Live Trace
      5m 29s
    5. Rasterizing artwork
      1m 55s
    6. Cropping images with a mask
      4m 35s
  17. 10m 35s
    1. Saving your Illustrator document
      8m 18s
    2. Printing your Illustrator document
      2m 17s
  18. 6m 25s
    1. Exporting files for use in QuarkXPress
      1m 8s
    2. Exporting files for use in InDesign
      39s
    3. Exporting files for use in Word/Excel/PowerPoint
      45s
    4. Exporting files for use in Photoshop
      1m 25s
    5. Exporting files for use in Flash
      1m 15s
    6. Exporting files for use in After Effects
      19s
    7. Migrating from FreeHand
      54s
  19. 2m 23s
    1. Finding additional help
      2m 0s
    2. Goodbye
      23s

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