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Extracting Embedded Images

Feb 23, 2013 2:32 PM

Tags: #illustrator #embedded_images

I'm hoping there is a very simple solution here, but I haven't found it yet.


I am doing some freelance work and the client sent me several .ai files. They were a mess, and should have been created in InDesign to begin with, so I transferred them over. At the time, I copied and pasted the links, but of course, the images don't show up in the links panel in InDesign. I'm assuming this will be an issue for printing, is that right?


I went to find the original links, and couldn't find them anywhere in the folders I was given. When I looked at the .ai files I was given, I found out that the images were embedded. When I select an image, I cannot choose to "update link" or "edit original." Those options are grayed out.


How do I get those embedded images to InDesign in an appropriate format for printing?

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    Feb 23, 2013 2:57 PM   in reply to tiffanylea

    Save the files with PDF compatibility (if they aren't aleady) and then open them in Photoshop. Select the "images" tab and then select all the images you need. They will open in Photoshop unscaled where you can save them

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