Illustrator links missing every time

New Here ,
Jun 06, 2012 Jun 06, 2012

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Every time I open an Illustrator file, I get an error that it can't find my links and I have to re-link all of my images. Why is this happening, when I haven't moved either the linked image or the Illustrator file? Even if I save my Illustrator file, then open it right back up this happens.

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Valorous Hero ,
Jun 06, 2012 Jun 06, 2012

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If the linked files are in the same folder with the Illustrator file they will never be missing. Illustrator first searches for them in the same folder where the file is. If not then Illustrator searches in the linked file path location and if they are not there too, it shows the warring message. You can see which path location the Illustrator is looking for if you open the file with the missing link after ignoring the replacement dialog, from the Window menu open Document info panel, and from the panel's menu choose Linked Images. The path shown there should be the same as the current location of the linked files.

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New Here ,
Jun 06, 2012 Jun 06, 2012

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Thanks, I am able to relink the images, but it's tedious to do every single time, especially when many of my files contain several images. I keep them in a central images folder so I don't bog down my project folders. I just need to know why this is happening and how to correct it permanently.

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Valorous Hero ,
Jun 06, 2012 Jun 06, 2012

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So, did you check the Document Info panel? Does it show the same path as the location of the files or it shows a different path?

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 27, 2018 Jul 27, 2018

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I know this is an old thread but to this day this issue STILL persists, everyday I spend the first five minutes of my files open relinking files. Unless you only ever work off of your own desktop for some reason why would you ever keep all your links in the same folder as your working files? I would put money that most users work in a shared environment, images and photos and any other asset you would place in your documents would be in a catalog of assets in a networked folder. You can't save everything locally all the time. I've been forced to embed all my placed assets until I'm done with the job and then relink them with the original files hoping I won't need to go back to that particular file again.

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Participant ,
Jul 31, 2018 Jul 31, 2018

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Keep your files in a folder called Links next to your AI documents. It will automatically update broken links if you move them around.

It doesn't directly solve your problem, but it means you can replace every single local image with "real" images in one fell swoop without having to click through a bunch of dialog boxes.

Good luck!

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New Here ,
Aug 26, 2021 Aug 26, 2021

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AI isn't doing a task that it has provided seamlessly for DECADES! What's up with this? 

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Participant ,
Jun 15, 2017 Jun 15, 2017

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After experimenting with Packages, I found that Illustrator will always look for a "Links" or "links" folder with placed files.

It has to be in the same folder as the AI document.

You can them move the Illustrator file and its placed files where you want and every time you open the AI file the links will be automatically updated.

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New Here ,
Aug 26, 2021 Aug 26, 2021

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Thanks Andrew. 

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New Here ,
May 10, 2021 May 10, 2021

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This happens to me EVERY TIME and it's so so SO annying. Can adobe fix this issue please.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 10, 2021 May 10, 2021

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Where do you save your files?

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New Here ,
Jun 16, 2021 Jun 16, 2021

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I am having this issue as well, It is a constant problem as I use photos of vehicle to design graphics for them. All of my photos are automatically uploaded to my cloud folder, in this case onedrive, and I link them to the file from this folder. I never relocate any of my photos butI always have to re-establish the links. If we could specify the link folder in Illustrator to the root photo directory this could be a solution.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 16, 2021 Jun 16, 2021

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You could try to create a folder named Links next to the Illustrator file and put the images in there.

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Advisor ,
Jun 16, 2021 Jun 16, 2021

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Which is quicker/less tedious: moving your files to the same folder as your AI file once, or relinking each time you open the file?

Your mileage may vary (auto design joke thrown in for free).

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New Here ,
Jul 10, 2021 Jul 10, 2021

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As different projects often use the same pictures, it could be space-consuming to copy assets to every folder where each project is.

The problem had persisted since 2012 and really affect the workflow, as many other softwares both developed and not developed by adobe supports links outside the project's folder; this is a problem caused not by the users but the dereliction of the developers, as for the whole 9 years, adobe never have any intention to fix it AT ALL.

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New Here ,
Jul 10, 2021 Jul 10, 2021

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cloud storage like onedrive always sync. when u work on 2 device with one project. It's sometimes conflict. cause onedrive have feature "file on demand". maybe try to make your folder or file is "always keep on this device" to make your folder or files always available.

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Explorer ,
Sep 07, 2021 Sep 07, 2021

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I have this Problem slod everytime. I have the Files in another folder but it can't be that I can't link to another folder.
If I copy the linked file to the new folder than I get a horrible situation because its a logo and every chgange must be constant to every file.

Cheers

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 28, 2022 Jan 28, 2022

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2022 - Is there some reason why this can't be fixed.  Other apps can use relative file paths with no problem.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 12, 2022 Feb 12, 2022

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It's been working just fine for YEARS... and it works just fine in inDesign... with the same linked files in the same places. 

Something is funky for sure. I've been putting up with it for the last number of months but i'm over it... this needs a solution. Maybe it's something to do with cloud stored files, and i'd understand that - maybe there's a new protocol that's looking for an IP address or something?? but whatever it is... we need a solution. It's extraordinarily annoying to pay this much money for software and have to spend so much time FIXING things that should work every time we open a file. 

 

The entire point of linking files is so we don't have to duplicate assets to use them across different documents! Sigh.

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New Here ,
Apr 19, 2022 Apr 19, 2022

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Ah if only Adobe cared

in the most polite tone Adobe: what the youknowdamnwellwhatIwanttosay.

Over 10 years... and you're not getting that much better, you get that right?

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Jun 06, 2022 Jun 06, 2022

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You have broken externally linked files ADOBE!!!!!!!

FIX THIS !!!!!

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