How to Embed Images in Illustrator
What you'll need
Embedding an image in Illustrator will store a copy of the image file within the AI project. This will make the project size bigger, as it now accommodates the whole image rather than linking to it.
Any version of Illustrator will work, but I’ll be using Illustrator 2020 for this guide.
1 – Start a new project
Open the project you need to embed an image in, or start a new project in Illustrator.
You can import an image by dragging and dropping an image file on to the workspace or using the File > Open menu. Place the image inside the artboard.
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2 – Open the links window
To embed an image, we need to use the Links window. To access it, open the Window tab, and select Links.
3 – Select an image to embed
This window will show a list of images used in your Adobe Illustrator document. Select the image you want to embed by clicking on it in this list.
4 – Embed the image
There is a drop-down menu in the Links window that can be accessed in the upper right-hand corner. Open this menu and choose Embed Image(s). Congratulations! The image is now embedded.
5 – How to unembed an image
Select the embedded image in the Links Window. Open the drop-down menu and choose Unembed.
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