Illustrator Extremely Slow With Linked Photos


I am creating some large banners at my job, and using Illustrator to create specifically shaped clipping masks. The problem is, this file is getting way too large and slow. I am trying to figure out how to convert this to an InDesign document, but not coming up with very good methods to import the clipping mask / crop boxes over. I should have made this originally in InDesign, but didn't think Illustrator would run this slow (not on the best machine).

Any ideas?

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3/23/2016 4:52:00 PM

Create low-res versions of the photos, but keep the same names. Once you send the file to print replace the images with the full sized files.

3/24/2016 3:30:00 AM