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how can I insert a placeholder image in Illustrator, the way it can be replaced by an external real image file.

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Drag and drop the placeholder image onto your Illustrator artboard.

When you want to update the placeholder you can go to the Window->Links to bring up the Links panel which shows external images that are "linked" to in your artwork. From there you can relink, update the link (if the placeholder source image was updated), and even embed the link into your Illustrator file.

  • Thanks alot it works nice when I have a dummy file, let's say "placeholder.jpg", this file will be replaced with any real image having the same location and transformation properties. thank you. I hoped that there is a way to make a template with "editable region". that's would be powerful feature in Illustrator. – hsawires Dec 14 '14 at 6:58
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    @hsawires sounds like you want to be using InDesign. – Ryan Dec 15 '14 at 21:33

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