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  • Replace Placed Image

     John Murdock updated 9 years ago 5 Members · 5 Posts
  • Eric Klassen

    February 20, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    I’ve placed several images into a brochure layout in Illustrator. I’ve manipulated some of the images in photoshop and saved them under a different name, and wish to automatically switch them out with the old images. I’ve noticed that Illustrator will ask to repair placed files when it cannot locate them. How do I get this to work when the files don’t need to be repaired?


  • Mike Gondek

    February 20, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    No problem to replace your images. Since you have used different names for your new you will have to do this manually, btu the process is very easy.

    When opening your document you can choose to replace the files when prompted, or ignore and fix them with the linsk palette.

    In the links palette click on the image name you wish to replace, then click on the 1st icon on the bottom of the links palette and you will be asked the location of the new image.

    If you wish these to update autoamatically you has to use a common sense technique that uses the same filenames. You can prior to retouching/color correction make a folder with todays date. Drag a copy of the images into that folder as backup, then do your edits to the original files. This was you have a backup of what you did before and illustrator will automatically link to the new files which are in the same location when they were linked before. You just need to do a quick update on them in the links palette.

  • Julio Alvarez

    January 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Thank you both (for asking and responding). Works like a charm.

  • c.a. carpenter

    March 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Thank you for this. New to Illustrator and you saved me a lot of time looking for the answer. I would not have figured that out. So Easy.

  • John Murdock

    March 3, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    1) Open the preferences file and look for the entry named “enableContentRecovery”, change the value from 0 to 1. This turns on the feature.

    2) Launch Illustrator and choose “File>Open”. Select the file from which you wish to recover the roundtrip information.

    3) Click “OK” while holding down the command, shift and option keys (control, shift and alt on Windows).

    Or if all these steps couldn’t aid you, try Illustrator Repair Toolbox. You may download it from here:

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