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Importing EPS and PDF files into Illustrator


    You can use Adobe Illustrator to edit artwork that was imported as Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file types.

    You can import PDF and EPS files using these commands:

    • The Open command to open a PDF or EPS file as a new Illustrator file.
    • The Place command to place a PDF or EPS file in the current layer in an existing Illustrator file.

    Important: To place an EPS image containing a mesh object as an embedded file (that is, the Link option is deselected in the Place dialog box), the file should be saved as an EPS Level 1 PostScript file.

To open a PDF or EPS file as a new Adobe Illustrator file:

  1. Choose File > Open.
  2. Select the file you want to open, and click Open. If the file does not appear, for Files of Type, choose All Formats (Windows) or Show All Documents (Mac OS).

To place PDF or EPS artwork into an Adobe Illustrator file:

  1. Open the Adobe Illustrator file into which you want to place the artwork.
  2. Choose File > Place, select the file you want to place, and click Place.
  3. Placing EPS or PDF files in Illustrator with the Link option selected in the Place dialog box does not allow you to modify the linked object within the Illustrator file. To convert the elements in an EPS or PDF file to Illustrator objects that can be modified, deselect the Link option in the Place dialog box. Deselecting the Link option when you place the EPS or PDF file embeds the file and lets you edit each part of the artwork as a discrete object. (See Editing artwork contained in linked files.)

  4. If you are placing a page from a PDF file that contains multiple pages, select the page you want to place, and click OK.
  5. Adjust the placed artwork as needed.
  6. Important: If you import an EPS color that has the same name as a color in your document but with a different definition, Illustrator displays an alert. Choose Use Linked file's color to replace the color in your document with the EPS color in the linked file. All objects using this color in your document will get updated appropriately. Choose Use document's color to leave the swatch as is and resolve all color conflicts using the document's color. The EPS preview cannot be changed, so the preview may be incorrect, but it will print to the correct plates. Checking "Apply to All" will resolve all color conflicts, using the definition either of the document or the linked file, depending on which option you choose.


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