May 13, 2007

ASK MORDY: Placing Multiple Files

David Nauen writes:

Hello, thanks for your helpful blog -- would you happen to know whether it is possible to place multiple files into illustrator simultaneously? I am batch-generating many .eps files and I would like to place them all into a single illustrator file for manipulation. I can place each file individually but it would be very much faster if there were a way to place all the files at once.

While Illustrator lacks the totally cool multi-place feature found in InDesign CS3, there is a way to place multiple files at once into an existing Illustrator document.

From Adobe Bridge, the Finder on Mac OS, or from any Windows Explorer window, drag a file right onto your Illustrator artboard. You can also use this method to select multiple files and place them all at once. Using this method, Illustrator place-links the files. To place-embed images while dragging them into your document, hold the Shift key while dragging the images.

When dragging images from Bridge, an icon indicates a preview showing all of the images you're about to place.

8 comments:

Franfou said...

Hi Mordy, in illustrator, with the brush tool, is there a way to make a straith line...with my cintiq it would be so great to maintain a key and then drawing a straith line with the brush tool...thank you
:-)
Franfou

Anonymous said...

just click, hold shift and click anywhere else.

BAM!!!! straight line

Bryce said...

A script that I created to place multiple bitmaps. It arranges them in a grid layout and draws a new layer w/bounding boxes around the placed images.

http://soldierant.net/archives/2004/02/multiplacer.html

Mordy Golding said...

Cool script Bryce! Hmmm... we should throw a scripting party one of these days...

:)

Anonymous said...

Is it for Mac users only?

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is it possible to create animated gif files with illustrator? i want to make a little "green" icon for my website http://r.engel.free.fr

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Bill said...

I have used CorelDraw for many years and have built a large library of CDR files. I can use many that I have also made into AI, EPS and PDF but is there a way to place, import or convert the CDR files I have?