When you embed images in an Illustrator file, the image file is stored within the document. You can extract the embedded images by unembedding them and replace the embedded images with the corresponding extracted PSD or TIFF files. You can also use or edit the extracted files outside Illustrator.

  1. Select an embedded image in your document, and do one of the following:

    • In the Control panel, click Unembed.
    • From the Links panel menu, choose Unembed.
    Unembed dialog box
  2. In the Unembed dialog box, specify a name and location for the new file (PSD or TIFF only), and click Save.

    The artwork is unembedded and linked to the Illustrator file.

For more information about linked and embedded files, see Importing artwork files.

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