Now in Illustrator CC, you have several new link features that help you to keep track of linked artwork and fonts. If you work in production, you know the problems that can occur if you relocate an Illustrator file and neglect to include the associated linked images and fonts. You encounter similar problems if you receive a file and the images and fonts are not sent along.

If you have ever experienced the process of manually locating the linked images and fonts you used in your Illustrator artwork, you’ll appreciate the new Package feature.

To try out this feature, follow these steps:

  1. Open a file that includes at least one line of text and one image.

  2. If you have not done this already, choose File→Save and browse to save this file to a convenient location. You can leave the default settings as they are in the Save dialog box.

  3. Choose File→Package.

    The Package dialog box appears, as you see in the figure.

    In the Package dialog box, you can do the following:

    • Choose a location to save the packaged file, fonts, and images.

    • Select options that allow you to collect linked files as well as fonts and put them in the folder along with a copy of the Illustrator file.

  4. Choose a save location and provide an appropriate folder name.

  5. Leave all options selected and press Package. If you receive a warning about fonts, read it, and then click OK.

    Your file has now been copied to the folder you indicated. That folder includes any linked images and fonts.

  6. Close your sample file.