Open in Acrobat, go to "Tools>Advanced Editing>Touchup Object Tool". Right-click image and choose "Edit Image". Full Res image will open in Photoshop. You may have to set "Photoshop" as editor in "Preferences>Touchup".
Here's another method:
First removing any other elements or clipping paths. Select the image and in the Links pane flyout choose Placement Options and pick File Dimensions. If your image is larger than your artboard, you will have to make your artboard larger than the image.
Then to save your .ai file as a .pdf (Illustrator default = no downsampling or compression). Then open the the file in Acrobat Professional and using the Touch Up image tool to select the image and open it in Photoshop. Then you can "save as" the Photoshop file to whatever format you wish.
Open the Illustrator file in Photoshop. Instead of openeing apges, select images. Click on any images you want extracted and click OK. Each opens as a separate file. Save. Back in Illustrator relink to the files you just saved.
Yes, Thanks, Scott, for showing a much simpler and quicker method.
I wasn't sure if that would restore the image to it's original size or what it was like if any transparency effect was put on it, but it does.
Holy smokes, the years decades I've been using these apps w/o noticing how easy it was to extract embedded images from AI. All other methods seem silly (especially the ways I've been doing it).
I need someone like Scott to just watch me work for an hour, then tell me all the essential tricks I have never learned.
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