The Place command is the primary method of importing external files into an Illustrator document. the Place feature provides the highest level of support for file formats, placement options, and color. After you place a file, use the Links panel to identify, select, monitor, and update it.
You can place one or more files in a single action. Use this feature to select multiple images and then place the images one by one, in an Illustrator document.
Do one of the following:
- Click Place. In the Illustrator document, the pointer turns into the loaded graphics icon.
- Select the Show Import Options check box, and then click Place. The Import Options dialog box is displayed for assets that have import settings in Illustrator. When you finish selecting the options for each asset, the pointer turns into the loaded graphics icon.
The settings that you specify in the Import Options dialog determine the preview image of the asset, displayed next to the loaded graphics pointer.
A. Loaded graphics pointer B. Position of the currently displayed asset, in the list of loaded graphics C. Total number of assets loaded D. Thumbnail preview of the current asset
To place an image, do one of the following:
- Point the loaded graphics pointer at a location, and click the precise location in the Illustrator file. The current asset is placed at its original dimensions.
- Point the loaded graphics pointer at a location, and then drag the loaded graphics pointer. The current asset is placed in a rectangle bounding box. The dimensions of the rectangle are proportionate to the size of the original asset.