After reading this brief article you will discover how to edit an embedded image whether it be an photographic image or raster effect, as well as how to relink embedded images, all with the help of our image editing plug-in Rasterino.

Embedded images are raster (or "bitmap") images placed into the working space of the current document (File > Place…) and then embedded into it. They can also be raster effects that you produced in the process of work, such as using the Photoshop Effects (Effects > PhotoShop Effects) or Stylism effectsRasterino allows the editing of embedded images, opening them directly in Photoshop, and then updating them in Illustrator.  This article is also available as a video tutorial: Edit and relink Images in Adobe Illustrator

Editing Embedded Images


The first thing we need to do is to check our image is embeded. To do this make sure your image is selected then click the Embed button on the properties panel (or on the control bar for older Illustrator versions).


Then go to Window > Rasterino > Rasterino Panel, once open (and with your image still selected) click the Edit button on the Rasterino panel.

In-line Photoshop editing in Adobe Illustrator

This will open the image in Photoshop (or your currently set photo editing software set to open .PSD Photoshop files automatically). Now you can make your edit, making sure to save the file once you've finished (File > Save).

How to open an image in Photoshop when working in Illustrator

Back in Illustrator, click the Update button on your Rasterino panel to replace the image with your adjusted file.

In-line Photoshop editing in Adobe Illustrator

Editing Raster Effects

Now let's see how this is done on the example of raster effects.

The original object for editing will be a background with a raster texture. With the background rectangle selected and the appearance panel open, I added a new fill of gray color with the opacity set to multiply, then applied the Note Paper Effect (Effect > Sketch > Note Paper…). This is our first raster effect.

edit an image in illustrator

A drop shadow will be our second raster effect. This time we will apply it to some text (Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow…).

Edit an image in Illustrator

Select all the created objects, then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Now our document contains two embedded images. You can verify this by opening the Layers panel or Links panel.

edit an embedded image in Illustrator

Now we need to open our Rasterino plug-in, go to Window > Rasterino > Rasterino Panel.

edit an image in Illustrator

Then with one of the embedded images selected, press the Edit button on the Rasterino panel.

edit bitmap in Illustrator

As a result of this action, the embedded image opens in Photoshop (or your currently set photo editing software set to open .PSD Photoshop files automatically).

edit bitmap in Adobe Illustrator

Of course, it is more convenient to edit raster images in a photo editor, which is specifically designed for that. After applying a few filters and effects, the drop shadow looks as shown in the following picture…

Edit bitmap in Illustrator

Save the achieved result in Photoshop (File > Save), then go back to Adobe Illustrator. Now, without deselecting the image, in order to update the embedded image click the Update Image button.

Edit bitmap in Illustrator

Do the same with textured background. Open and edit them in Photoshop (Rasterino panel> Edit Image).

In-line Photoshop Editing in Adobe Illustrator

Save the changes (File > Save) in Photoshop and update the textured background in Adobe Illustrator (Rasterino Panel > Update Image).

In-line editing Illustrator to Photoshop

Relink Embedded Images

With the help of the Rasterino plug-in for Illustrator we can easily convert Embedded images into Linked images. Select all the objects of the current document (Cmd / Ctrl + A) and click the Link Images button on your Rasterino panel.

How to unembed an image in Illustrator

Rasterino finds all embedded images in the selection and opens a dialog window where we can see the information about the image and its preview.

How to unembed and Image in Adobe Illustrator

Here, we can rename the image and change its location.

How to unembed and Image in Adobe Illustrator

We are able to switch between embedded images (Next button), to skip the image leaving them embedded (Skip button), or Relink all the embedded images (Link All button).

How to unembed and Image in Adobe Illustrator

Either way, the image will be converted to a linked image and saved in the specified place in the .PSD Photoshop format. This format is used due to it's technical ability to cater for all image types which may be found embedded in Illustrator – right from simple monochrome to multi-ink with masks.

How to Unembed an Image in Illustrator

You can also edit the linked images. To do this, select it and click the Edit Original button in the Links panel, which will open the image in Photoshop. Edit and save changes to Photoshop. When returning to Adobe Illustrator, you will see a warning window prompting us to update the image. Click Yes.

How to Unembed an Image in Illustrator

Learn more about Rasterino

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Your Cart