I've placed an EPS file (File A) inside another EPS file (File B) and now need to completely break this link so that the artwork of File A becomes 100% editable part of File B.

I've tried embedding it via Save As when saving FileB and that seems to keep the link to FileA active.

I do not want File A to be linked in any way and need the artwork of File A to be on same layer as the artwork of File B so that I can edit all artwork together.

I also do not want to have any links shown in the Illustrator links panel.

Please let me know how/if this can be accomplished?

Thank you!


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Select the Linked File, click Embed on the toolbar at the top.

Illustrator screenshot

It should look like this when complete:

Illustrator screenshot

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