How do you erase only part of an imported "placed" image in Illustrator?


I have drawn an image in Illustrator and am working on drawing a second and unrelated image. Part of the new project requires another clip-art image I drew previously.

I "placed" the older image into my current project, but it is showing up as one unified object and I would like to erase part of it.

Is there some way to "break apart" the imported image or just erase a section of it?

4/2/2014 6:35:00 AM

Accepted Answer

You can edit the original art and the placed image will update.

If you don't want to alter the original, highlight the placed art in the Links Panel and then choose Embed from the Link Panel menu.

This will embed the placed artwork and make it actually editable artwork in the file you are working in. This also breaks the link or relationship to the original file. Therefore any edits to the original file will not be reflected in the new file you are working on.

4/2/2014 8:06:00 AM