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import multiple files "EPS" in one window in illustrator

Community Beginner ,
Jul 16, 2021 Jul 16, 2021

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Hi it's about illustrator :   how to import multiple files "EPS" in one Artboard

I mean importing files in one window: NOT opening multiple windows  for every file

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Community Expert , Jul 16, 2021 Jul 16, 2021

First off, you should stop using EPS and move to AI.

But to answer your question: it depends on what you want to do.

You can "Place" EPS files into a new document easy enough using File > Place. You can select multiple files at the same time and you can then drop them one by one into the new document. Depending on whether you check/uncheck "Link" in the Place dialog, you will either get just a placed graphic (Link), or editable outlines (not Link).

If that's not what you mean, please explain fur

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Jul 16, 2021 Jul 16, 2021

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First off, you should stop using EPS and move to AI.

But to answer your question: it depends on what you want to do.

You can "Place" EPS files into a new document easy enough using File > Place. You can select multiple files at the same time and you can then drop them one by one into the new document. Depending on whether you check/uncheck "Link" in the Place dialog, you will either get just a placed graphic (Link), or editable outlines (not Link).

If that's not what you mean, please explain further.

 

 

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Jul 17, 2021 Jul 17, 2021

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Have these files been created in Illustrator?

If so, then they have 2 "forks" in one file: an EPS and an AI. The EPS fork just contains stuff that Illustrator 3 could handle (20 years ago). Everything else, your effects, live objects, brushes, whatever, is outlined to shapes.

The AI part is fully editable in version you specified when saving the file.

 

So now you Place those EPS files. When you do that, you access the EPS part of the files. So you basically ruin your work. Is that what you want to do?

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 18, 2021 Jul 18, 2021

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No , I think Brad @ Roaring Mouse  understands me , I want to import in bulk files into the same artboard , He gives me the solution it works now thank you very much @Monika Gause 

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May 24, 2024 May 24, 2024

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If you would like to import all of the file objects simultaneously, use InDesign for the import process and to gridify the entire set. Then, copy it from InDesign and paste it to Illustrator.

 

To import the file objects simultaneously, you may have to first gather all of them into the same folder. Then, using InDesign, create a temporary document, press Ctrl+D (Cmd+D on a Mac), select and "Open" all of the files, drag a rectangle for the total grid area, before releasing the mouse button, tap the right-arrow key to add columns and the up-arrow key to add rows. The opposing left- and down-arrow keys will remove the columns and rows, respectively. Once you release the mouse button, objects for all of the selected files will be sized to fit within each grid cell. Lastly, with the entire grid still selected, copy, switch to Ilustrator, and paste. Voila!

 

Another method that worked for me is to combine all file objects using Acrobat into a single document and open it using Illustrator. This is generally slower for some reason, but is useful when the original or relative image sizes are important. Using this method, Illustrator will prompt you with the option to import all pages or a specific range. Note that placing it will not give you the options for all pages or a page range.

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