Why is Illustrator Changing the name and creating clipping group??

Community Beginner ,
Jun 13, 2022 Jun 13, 2022

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Hi,

I am importing a image into illustrator and when I close the file and reopen it - it changes the links to 
<Clip Group> -> <Image>
Why is it doing this and hoe can I disable it??

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Adobe Community Professional , Jun 13, 2022 Jun 13, 2022
Illustrator embeds the images automatocally if the Link option is turned Off. And in this case the image lose its name and become an internal object of the document. To keep the image's properties and the ability to edit it if needed, you have to not embed it. Actually, there are 2 reasons to embed images: 1. You plan to bring/send your artwork somewhere and do not want to remember about the external image files. 2. The images are PDF files and you want to edit them inside your document.  In any...

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Jun 13, 2022 Jun 13, 2022

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What was the settings of the import? Was it with "Link" option or not?
Could you please show the screen with the Layers and Links panels expanded?
If content is sensitive, you can zoom it to show just part of the artwork, we need mainly panels to say something helpful.

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Screenshot 2022-06-13 at 13.12.14.png

 

Hi Anna, Thank you...
Please see above...
I'm not sure if I pressed some shortcut keys or selcted something without knowing

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As far as I can see here are 2 things:
1. You placed the images without the Link option. In this case Illustrator embed the image into the document and break all links to the original (including its name).

2. The clipping masks may be created by yourself or by the program itself if you place, for example, PDF format. What format have the images?

 

try to relink any image (click on the "chain" icon on the Links panel) and reselect the image in the folder with the Link option turned On. And then tell please what happens.

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Hi Anna,

Thank you...
I Place a image but it didnt embed it - I then tried the same thing then embedded it manually and it worked.

 

Will Illustrator not embed it automatically?
I thought it did?

Thanks

Indy

 

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Illustrator embeds the images automatocally if the Link option is turned Off. And in this case the image lose its name and become an internal object of the document. To keep the image's properties and the ability to edit it if needed, you have to not embed it.

Actually, there are 2 reasons to embed images:

1. You plan to bring/send your artwork somewhere and do not want to remember about the external image files.

2. The images are PDF files and you want to edit them inside your document. 

In any other cases keeping the images on link (external) is better.

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Thats great... Thank you Anna

Where do i need to go to turn on & off the links to embed and not??

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1. To place a linked (unembedded) image, place it with the Link option turned On:

2022-06-13_19-02-18.png

It does not include the image in the document but creates the link to the original image and its "avatar" in the artwork. So you can edit the original in its own source program any time, your doc is not too large, but if you want to move the artwork anywhere you need to move the external image as well.
2022-06-13_19-03-21.png

The linked image has some marks: it"s crossed by diagonals and has a link mark ("chain") in the Links panel.

If you want to embed the image, you can choose the corresponding point in the Links panel menu:

2022-06-13_19-04-10.png

Then you'll get an image that is totally included in the document, link to the original will be broken. You cannot lose it when move anywhere but its size will be added to the doc size and you can't edit and update it. after any editing of original you will need to relink it:

2022-06-13_19-05-51.png

To restore the "Linked" status, you need to relink the image with the "Link" option turned On.

Now about your doc. This happens when you place the PDF file (it may be Photoshop PDF or Illustrator PDF as well). the embedded PDF receives a clipping mask like some "capsule" for its content.
2022-06-13_20-26-31.png

so to avoid this action you can place the file with the Link option or save the original raster images in another format (PSD, TIF, Hi quality JPG etc.)

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Hi Anna,

Amazing... Thank you very much for your help with this.

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