You are trying perhaps to embed a format that Illustrator does not support for embedding such as a Photoshop DCS as an eps file resave the file as a photoshop file and embed that psd file or as a tiff. Now you will be able to make it a symbol.
Thanks for your quick reply. I don't think there should be an issue with embedding a format that illustrator does not support because the "limeskin.psd" file in question was provided by Adobe Systems Incorporated from the CLASSROOM IN A BOOK, ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CS4 CD.
The objective here is to import artwork from other applications, such as Photoshop. In this part of the lesson, I'm supposed to place a Photoshop texture into the document and apply it to a piece of soap.
STEP 1 says:
1 Choose File > Place, and locate the image named limeskin.psd in the Lesson 11 folder. Make sure that Link is not selected in the Place dialog box. Files to be used as symbols must be embedded. Click Place. In the Photoshop Import Options dialog box, click OK.
If I make sure that Link is not selected in the Place dialog box, I cannot Click Place because it is grayed out. If I select Link, then I can Click Place, because it becomes black, but the process does not work because I get the error message, and the Photoshop Import Options dialog box never appears. So I can't click OK.
Once you've Placed the file as a Link, go to the Links Panel and from the Flyout Menu (small triangle, upper right) choose Embed link. This does the same as the instructions from the ACIB. Then make your symbol from the embedded image.
Thanks for the help! Your "work around" got me past that point in the steps. Hopefully someday soon more of this will assume the proper order in my mind.
While attempting the "Exploring on your own" section at the end of the chapter, I got hung up again. I've decided to move on to the next chapter rather than allow procedural details to stop me again so soon.