Dragging and dropping images into Illustrator sometimes embeds, sometimes links

Community Beginner ,
Aug 23, 2018

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Is there a way when dragging and dropping an image into Illustrator to determine whether the image is linked or embedded? I would prefer all images to link but Illustrator seems to sometimes link and sometimes embed. Any help greatly appreciated.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 23, 2018

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Shift Drag and Drop embeds.

Just Drag and Drop links.

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Aug 23, 2018

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Apologies for adding on to your question, but you may also run into this, and Ton is great at addressing these advanced issues.

When dragging & dropping images into illustrator, rotating or scaling does not work the first time, but always on the second attempt. This problem has existed to me since atleast CS6. The place command works fine, but I prefer dragging and dropping.

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Aug 27, 2018

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Some file formats give the appearance of being dragged, but Illustrator actually creates artwork from them behind the scenes - which can be confusing for people who expect such formats to act like placed items. Such formats include the SVG and the AutoCAD DWG formats.

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Aug 27, 2018

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Thanks for all the replies.

Funnily enough I'm still having the same issue with illustrator, I noticed when art working a job on Friday an image embedded, I was definitely not holding down shift at the time, I then dragged in some more images - all embedded. The only way I could stop illustrator embedding images was to quit illustrator and restart it. I am using illustrator 2015, which probably isn't ideal but I have no option as I work in a large studio and compatibility is an issue.

Started to think its my Mac, but I noticed other jobs I opened by other art workers had a similar pattern - some images embedded - some linked.

I asked a colleague if he had noticed the issue, but he hadn't, I think I only noticed it because I regularly need to package / collect the linked images in the illustrator files.

Any how, thanks again for all your suggestions - I do appreciate you all spending your valuable time trying to help me.

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Aug 27, 2018

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When you do a file-place, the Link checkbox will also have an effect on your file placing - such as if you do it once, all following placements will probably be according to this checkbox as you set it the first time.

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Aug 27, 2018

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When you notice that they are embedded, can you check what is checked in the Place dialog, Link?

If so try to uncheck that option, it is sticky.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 28, 2018

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During saving of files make sure include linked files is unchecked, as that will embed files upon saving.

Screen Shot 2018-08-28 at 8.59.39 AM.png

The wording on that is confusing and to me"Include Linked Files" should really say "Embed Links".

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I'm also having thre same problem. All the jpg images I drag and drop into illustrator have been embedding the image, not linking to original file (which i prefer so that the file size ain't massive).

I've tried all that people have suggested here and none of it works. Any ideas why Illustrator sometimes decides to embed and sometimes links? What gives?

 

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