Checking embedded image names in Ill

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by irishgrizzly, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    Once an image is resterized in Ill, is it possible to find out its original name? As I can see it stripes all info from it.
  2. MechaSpanky macrumors 6502


    Sep 11, 2007
    There are two ways to place images in Illustrator. When you use the "Place" command, you can "link" it or you can embed it into the file. In both cases, if you go to the "Links" palette (which is under "Windows") it will show you all the names and some information about all rastered images that are in your Illustrator file. If a file is linked and you don't have the file, when you open the file, it will ask you to locate it (at this time it will ask for the file by name).

    I'm not sure if the image that you are having trouble with was embedded or if it was linked but it should show the image name if you look at the "Links" palette. If it doesn't show up in the Links palette, then you might have a corrupt Illustrator file. I hope this helps.
  3. MechaSpanky, Jul 7, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2011

    MechaSpanky macrumors 6502


    Sep 11, 2007
    Whoops sorry, I reread your post and I might have misunderstood what you were asking. Are you talking about rasterizing objects in Illustrator (for example rasterizing vectors)? When you rasterize things in Illustrator, it does appear that it strips the information but you can still see it in the Links palette but there is no information about it.

    I usually try not to rasterize things in Illustrator and instead I build them in Illustrator and then pull them into Photoshop and rasterize them there once I am satisfied with how they look.
  4. davedee65 macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2010
    Sorry OP but I'm not quite sure why you would need to rasterize an image placed into Illustrator??? Just embed the image using the links palette.

  5. brettcarel macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2011
    The embedded image will keep its original name in the link list (depending on the way it has been embedded). If it was brought in from a PDF then it will not. If it is placed in the file and embedded instead of linked then it will still keep the name. If it was linked then embedded it will still keep the name. This is based on CS4.

    To the others responding the reason is that you should never, never, never embed a file. It bloats the file, is piss poor file organization, and makes it difficult to edit if there are any changes needed.
  6. dmz macrumors regular


    Jan 29, 2007
    Inglorious Rasters

    Embedded files do not show their origin in the document info palette - linked files do. However, once rasterized, the file link disappears, and that's the problem you're up against.

    There's nothing innately wrong with embedding an image in an Illustrator file - no different than inserting an image in a PDF file really. And if it was verboten, as someone above has suggested, then why does the program give you a choice?

    I know lots of designers, myself included, who use Illustrator to create web artwork, which of course needs to be rasterized before using it somewhere else. I would usually keep my artwork in vector format and simply "save for web" to create a bitmap version and keep my nice vector file for editing, but sometimes a quick raster is all I need...

    Linking images to an Illustrator file is NOT the best practice for making self-contained files, especially if you intend to further embed your Illustrator EPS in another document. There are no hard-and-fast rules about this - it depends on your "workflow", i.e what came before, and what will come after your Illustrator work.

    You do whatever best suits your workflow with the tools at hand, and Illustrator is a big bag of tools - so don't limit yourself artificially based on what "someone told me". Manuals are, contrary to popular belief, just full of information about these exact issues.


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