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Unembedding images

From: Illustrator CS6 New Features Overview

Video: Unembedding images

Since the early days of Illustrator, if a user embedded an image into a document, it could not be unembedded if the user had to make edits to that image later on. Now, in the latest release of the Creative Cloud update, Illustrator users rejoice at the ability to finally unembed images from an Illustrator document. Let's go ahead and take a look. I'm beginning this video with the unembed.ai file already open on my computer. And what I'd like to do is open up the Links panel by going to the Window menu and choosing Links. I'm just going to move the document over a little bit so we can see both of these areas.

Unembedding images

Since the early days of Illustrator, if a user embedded an image into a document, it could not be unembedded if the user had to make edits to that image later on. Now, in the latest release of the Creative Cloud update, Illustrator users rejoice at the ability to finally unembed images from an Illustrator document. Let's go ahead and take a look. I'm beginning this video with the unembed.ai file already open on my computer. And what I'd like to do is open up the Links panel by going to the Window menu and choosing Links. I'm just going to move the document over a little bit so we can see both of these areas.

And we can see that we have three images that are embedded into this document. Now, it's pretty common for users to create content in Illustrator for a number of different purposes. And what we want to do in this case is, we need to make some edits to one or more of these graphics. But traditionally, we would not be able to do that. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to unembed these images. So I'll click on the first image up here and I'm going to go to the panel menu and I'm going to choose Unembed. We have the opportunity, when this dialog comes up, to give this a name. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to put this on my desktop, I'm going to create a new folder, and I'm going to call it Images.

And I'm going to give this file a name. So I'm going to call this one Bike Logo. And then at the bottom of this dialog box we can choose what format we want the document saved in. So because it's an image we have the choice between a Photoshop document and a TIFF. My preference is a Photoshop document. So I'll choose that and I'll go ahead and click the Save button. As you can see this image is not longer embedded. It is now linked to that file that I just saved.

Now what you can also do if you click on the second image, down here at the bottom of the Links panel we can click on the Go To Link button and that's going to highlight that image. The other way you can unembed an image is if you select it first. You also have an Unembed button up here in your Control panel. So if I click unembed there, it makes it easy for me to save this file. So, this one we're going to call Header, go ahead and save that in the Images folder. And then let's find this other image and we'll go ahead and unembed this. This one I'm going to call Mountain Bike.

So I'll hit the Save button, and the nice thing now is that the names have been updated in the Links panel, and they're now linked to those images that I unembedded out of this document. So never again do you need to worry about the inability to unembed images from an Illustrator document. With this latest Creative Cloud update, users can rest assured that they'll always be able to get images out of their Illustrator documents.

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