Set Up Your Page Define the Work Area Vector and Bitmap Graphics Design for Resolution Link and Embed Files Work Area In Illustrator, the work area occupies the entire space within the Illustrator window and includes more than just the printable page containing your artwork. The printable and non-printable areas are represented by a series of solid and dotted lines between the outermost edge of the window and the printable area of the page. You can move, resize, or change the color of the above drawing without losing the quality of the graphic. A vector graphic is resolution-independent--that is, it can be scaled to any size and printed on any output device at any resolution without losing its detail or clarity. As a result, vector graphics are the best choice for type (especially small type) and bold graphics that must retain crisp lines when scaled to various sizes--for example, logos. Because computer monitors represent images by displaying them on a grid, both vector and bitmap images are displayed as pixels on-screen. When working with bitmap images, you edit pixels rather than objects or shapes. Bitmap images are the most common electronic medium for continuous-tone images, such as photographs or images created in painting programs, because they can represent subtle gradations of shades and color. Bitmap images are resolution dependent--that is, they represent a fixed number of pixels. Photographs are best as Bitmaps while Drawings are best as Vector. As a result, they can appear jagged and lose detail if they are scaled on-screen or if they are printed at a higher resolution than they were created for. The number of ink dots per inch (dpi) produced by an imagesetter or laser printer. For best results, use an image resolution that is proportional to, but not the same as, printer resolution. Most laser printers have output resolutions of 600 dpi to 1200 dpi and produce good results with images from 72 ppi to 185 ppi. High-end imagesetters can print at 1200 dpi or higher and produce good results with images from 200 ppi to 350 ppi. Illustrator can import many common graphic file formats, including EPS, CorelDRAW™, FreeHand™, GIF, JPEG, PICT, TIFF, SVG, DXF, Adobe PDF, and PostScript Level 1. In addition to these common graphic file formats, Illustrator can use artwork in any file format supported by an Adobe Photoshop-compatible file format plug-in filter, including Kodak Photo CD™, PNG, and TGA. Use the embed option when you will not be working on the imported file independently, file size doesn't matter, or you might be moving files from folder to folder. Both Linking and Embedding requires using the File/Place command. Place only supports pdf, gif, tif, psd, and jpg extensions. If you want to import AI or EPS it is best to open the document and drag it onto the layer. 1. Create a New document File/ New 2. Choose File / Place. A dialog box appears enabling you to search for the file you would like to place. In the left hand corner of the dialog box, you will see 3 options, Link, Template, or Replace. By default, the Link option is selected in the dialog box but is only apparent after you have made your file selection. 3. Choose to embed bigmap.jpg out of the Adobe Illustrator images file provided. 4. Click once to select the file, then uncheck the Link box. Click OK. Bigmap.jpg is now embedded and independent of its original file. The Links palette lets you identify, select, monitor, and update, and replace images that are linked to external files, or images that are embedded in the Illustrator file. In addition, you can determine if an image's link to an external file is broken or missing, get information about linked or embedded image characteristics, and open a linked image's original file and application to edit the image. 1. In the Links palette, select the arrow on the top right corner and choose show all. 2. A list of the imported files appears. Double click on any one of the names in the list. See how the information about the document appears. 3. You can set a preference to specify how to update linked images when the original files change. To specify how to update links. Choose Edit /Preferences /Files & Clipboard 4 . Choose an update method from the Update Links pop-up menu Source.