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Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. For this reason, Illustrator CS4 Essential Training teaches core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow for print, the web, or assets that will find their way into other applications. Mordy Golding explains the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of Illustrator's drawing tools. He demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths, and organize them into groups and layers. Mordy also covers text editing, working with color, expressive brush drawing, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.
When you're working with many images inside of your layout, you may want to be able to track those particular images. You want to know where they came from and you also want to know if they are embedded or if they are linked so on and so forth. I'm going to continue working with the same document that I was using in a previous movie. I already have a few images, some of them are linked and some of them are embedded. For example these two images are embedded and this one right here is a linked image. Well if you want to be able to track your images, you can do so through the Links panel. I'm going to go to the Window menu and swirl down over here to where it says Links. So here you can see a panel that identifies the fact that I currently have three images inside of my file. The ones that have an icon here indicate that these images are embedded. This one over here is a linked image that does not have the icon next to it, and it also identifies this as being a Photoshop file, I see the file name right here.
If you click on this particular image over here, there are several options on the bottom. This one over here is called Relink. I can choose to swap this image for example with another image. I can go over here where it says Go to Link. This will actually highlight and select that particular image for me in a very complex document or in a document that maybe has several artboards inside of it. I may not be able to quickly identify where an image is used. By going to the Links panel, highlighting particular image and then choosing this option, Go to Link, it quickly identifies where that image is inside of my document. This image over here says update link. If, for some reason this linked image was modified outside of Illustrator, I might see a little icon over here, a little yellow warning sign that let's me know that, that image is currently not in sync with the original file. Clicking on this icon will allow me to update that particular link.
Finally there is another option here called Edit Original and we'll get to that option shortly in a later movie in this chapter. What's also interesting is some of the options available in the flyout menu of the Links panel. For example, there is an option here called Link File Info, we had mentioned way back in the beginning of this video title, that there is an option inside of Illustrator in the File menu called File Info, which allows you to modify or add metadata to a file that helps identify that particular file itself. Well, images themselves can also contain metadata, but once you've placed that image inside of Illustrator, you may want to find out what some of that metadata is. For example, is that image copyrighted? Was it taken with a certain type of camera or from a certain photographer? Since that metadata is available inside of the photograph, you could actually access that right here inside of Illustrator.
I'll choose Link File Info and then this dialog box will appear that gives me information about the file. For example if I go to Camera Data, I see that that particular image was taken with a Canon EOS-1Ds. I also see that the flash did not fire obviously that was taken out in a nice sunny day and if I go to Description, if the person who had taken the photo actually filled this out, I may see that there's a copyright status assigned for this particular image. Notice that these fields are not editable, they are read only. So I could see the information about that particular image. Let me click OK to come out of that. Now that we understand what the Links panel does, let's see what Edit Original does.
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