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With the CS6 release, Adobe Illustrator is turning 25 and has a new look and a few new features. In this course, Justin Seeley hosts a tour of the interface changes and the tools introduced in this version. The course covers Pattern Options for creating simple, repeatable patterns for web graphics, advanced tracing options with the Image Tracing tool, and the improved performance and file management features. Justin also discusses the exclusive features you get with the Creative Cloud subscription to Illustrator, like the ability to quickly unembed images and one-click file packaging.
This course was updated on 10/04/2012.
In the latest update to the Adobe Creative Cloud for Illustrator CS6, you now have access to some new features inside of Illustrator CS6. Now, this is exclusively for Creative Cloud members, which means if you're not subscribed to the Creative Cloud, you'll not actually see these updates in your version of Illustrator. In order to access the Creative Cloud Updates, you'll just simply need to go to the Help menu and choose Updates, and once you get to the Update screen, it should give you the option to install your Illustrator Cloud updates. The first new feature revolves around embedded images inside of Adobe Illustrator. So before, in Adobe Illustrator, you did have the ability to embed images into a file.
So you would select the image, like so, and you could then embed that image and then send it off to someone. The problem is that once that person got that image, they were not able to access the image itself. It was part of the Illustrator document. They couldn't then unembed that image and make any alterations to it. So now you'll notice in the Control panel there is an Unembed option. When I click Unembed I get a dialog box that pops up that asks me to name this file. I can choose for it to be a TIFF or a Photoshop file, and once I select that, I give it a name and then it goes to the same folder where the original file was located, and I can choose to save that.
Once I save that I'm not able to access that file in Photoshop to make any changes to it that I want. So again, to embed a file you just simply select the image and then embed it, and then you can unembed it using the same exact process that way. And unembedding the images allows you to then create a separate file from the embedded image that you can then edit in a program like Photoshop or any other image editing program that you might have.
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