I dragged and drop some PSD files into a project in Illustrator CS5. I want to remove them from my desktop, but if I do that, then they will disappear from my project.

What can I do in my project now (already opened with these files), to copy all current PSDs from desktop so I can delete them from my desktop ?

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    Can you please elaborate a bit more, as it is your question is difficult to understand and may get downvoted/closed.
    – Welz
    Commented Dec 26, 2017 at 13:16
  • Thanks you are very kind. When you copy a photo to illustrator by draging it, he will only copy a reference. If I then remove this file from my desktop, illustrator will not be able to find that art again. How can I tell it to COPY this and not just link to it ?
    – Curnelious
    Commented Dec 26, 2017 at 14:34

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What you are trying to do is to embed the file to your project, rather than linking it.

That can be done by

Selecting the file in the Links panel (Window→Links), and choosing Embed Image from the dropdown menu.

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Note, that embedding the images can (and most likely significantly) increase your artwork size.

Read more about embedding and linking on Adobe

  • Do i have to do this for every copy of every image on this artwork ?
    – Curnelious
    Commented Dec 26, 2017 at 14:48
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    @curnelious you can select all the images in the links panel and do it to all of them at once.
    – Welz
    Commented Dec 26, 2017 at 14:49

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