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Can i generate an email link in adobe illustrator

New Here ,
Mar 23, 2022 Mar 23, 2022

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Hi

 

I'm using Adobe Illustrator 2022, OS12.1

 

I know I can add URL links within Adobe, using Attributes, but does anyone know if I can do the same with an email link.

If I had the option to click on an image or text to then take me to an already opened email message to a certain person.

 

Would be great to have several individual client email links on my artwork/document, so I don't need to keep opening email app and selecting name etc. 1 button or text could do it for me.

This is hopefully do-able in illustrator alone, don't want to use Acrobat or InDesign for this.

 

Hopefully someone somewhere has an answer.

Cheers Stu

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Mentor ,
Mar 23, 2022 Mar 23, 2022

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Illy doesn't have a hyperlink tool. If you want something more functional than just typing your hyperlink into the doc you are going to have to use Acrobat or ID.

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Mar 23, 2022 Mar 23, 2022

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Thank you for your reply.

You can add URL into attributes, attached to text or image, to use as a hyperlink, but wanted to know if you can do something similar with an email.
Cheers Stu

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This message, together with any attachments, is intended only for the addressee. It may contain information which is proprietary, confidential, legally privileged and/or exempt from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, use, or any action or reliance on this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender immediately by return e-mail and delete the message, along with any attachments.

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Mentor ,
Mar 23, 2022 Mar 23, 2022

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Just goes to highlight how much I don't know, I thought email links were just a subset of hyperlinks and all you had to do was add mailto: in front of the email...

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Mar 23, 2022 Mar 23, 2022

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Links are HTML code (web pages).  Use Dreamweaver or some other code editor to create web pages with linked images.

 

Example of an image wrapped by a mailto:link.  For this to work, the device must have an email client installed like Outlook or Windows Mail. 

<a href="mailto:example@gmail.com"><img src="YOUR-IMAGE.jpg"></a>

 

Hope that helps.

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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New Here ,
Feb 15, 2024 Feb 15, 2024

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Well this is super late but maybe will still be helpful to someone.

 

I had the same question, and I tried simply typing "mailto:email@place.com" in the URL line in the Attributes palette for some type I had highlighted. After exporting a PDF, clicking on the type in the PDF successfully opened my Mail app and started a new email. I did not test Outlook or any other setups. But like any link, you can right click and get some options (like "Copy Link Location").

 

To make it look more like a regular link, I underlined the type. In the Attributes palette I used Rectangle as the Image Map option.

 

A couple details I found out:

1. Regardless of the text you highlight, it applies the image map to the entire text box, so your email address will have to be its own text box to confine it to only the type you want it to work on.

2. If you change your mind, simply changing the Image Map back to "None" does not remove the link. You have to actually remove whatever you typed into the URL line, and then switch the Image Map to none.

 

Hope that helps!

 

BTW, I'm using Illustrator 2024 (28.1) on a Mac running Ventura 13.5.2.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 27, 2024 Mar 27, 2024

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I had the same question today and discovered that you can add links with Adobe Illustrator, I'm using 2024 (28.3).  Here's a link that shows how: https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator-discussions/how-can-i-add-a-hyperlink-in-illustrator-cc-a...

 

I had tried to add the link using Acrobat, but the link kept failing to connect to my email application.  When I tried the method above, which essentially involves opening the attributes panel, selecting the object/text that you want to link,

selecting rectangle (from the dropdown), and adding your link in the URL space just below.  I added a custom version of this emailto: URL which worked perfectly in an exported pdf: mailto:email@domain.com?subject=Whatever Subject Info Needed  and it worked perfectly.  Good Luck!

 

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