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Could not find linked file

Mar 2, 2013 6:25 PM

PLease help me with this situation. I have been using adobe for 4 years and I have never had this issue. Anytime I create a new design and save and then try to re-open it ( after I have moved logo or background pic I used to a new folder) it gives me this error. It also does it if I try to open up something on my computer at home.

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    Mar 2, 2013 8:02 PM   in reply to ALISHASEE

    For the files on the originating computer, you will need to relink the file using the Link panel. It should give you an error dialog when opening the file asking you to relink, replace or ignore the missing file. Use the Replace option and navigate to the new file location and say OK. If you are moving the files to a new computer, you will need both the original file and the linked file in order for it to work.

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    Mar 2, 2013 9:54 PM   in reply to ALISHASEE

    To visually illustrate Larry's correct answer:


    Relinking files when opening a document:


    1) I have linked file "old-paper-texture.jpg" placed into my document. The file itself is located on my desktop.


    Screen Shot 2013-03-02 at 9.30.08 PM.jpg


    2) If I move the "old-paper-texture.jpg" to another location, when I reopen the document it will ask me to relink the file. Click yes.


    Screen Shot 2013-03-02 at 9.32.00 PM.jpg


    3) The dialog will then tell you it cannot locate the linked file. Click "Replace".


    Screen Shot 2013-03-02 at 9.35.08 PM.jpg


    4) Choose the location to which you moved the file.


    Screen Shot 2013-03-02 at 9.38.24 PM.jpg


    Screen Shot 2013-03-02 at 9.38.35 PM.jpg

    Your file should then be relinked.


    Relinking files from the Links Panel:


    If you aren't prompted to relink your files, Go to Window > Links to open the Links Panel. Then, click on the icon highlighted below and follow step four above.


    Screen Shot 2013-03-02 at 9.45.37 PM.jpg




    Screen Shot 2013-03-02 at 9.43.52 PM.jpg


    Embedding Images:


    You can also embed files into your Illustrator document. This basically creates a copy of the embedded file that is included inside the Illustrator document, so you don't need to worry about files becoming unlinked. However, this may greatly increase the size of your file, and is not always the most advisable strategy, but it's still useful to be aware of.


    Simply open the flyout in the Links Panel by clicking on the icon in the upper right hand corner, then select "Imbed Image".




    Screen Shot 2013-03-02 at 9.48.12 PM.jpg


    I hope this is helpful, and thank you Larry for your great answer.

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