Difference Between Place Linked vs Place Embedded in Photoshop
All right. What's the difference between placing linked and placing embedded? It's up here file and it's these two. It might seem obvious, but I'm going to go through some of the pros and cons for both and some of the tricks to I guess make them work efficiently for you. So, embedded means I'm going to place an image and it's going to go inside the Photoshop file. It's going to be fully contained within this PSD. If I link it, it's going to show it in this file, but actually it's going back to the source, the original thing on my desktop the whole time, which means if I delete that original file, oh he's going to say, hey, where did it go? I'm just linking to it. Whereas embedded means it comes along with this file and let's look at the pros and cons. So this file here without anything in it is about where is it? There is this one here? It is 28 MB. I haven't included this file. A new exercise file. Just because it's a really big file and it's just a demonstration. Anyway, so let's go ...
to file and let's go to place embedded. I'm going to bring in this little mock up that I'm working on. It's in a different Photoshop file. It could be anything else. It could be a jpeg could be an ai file forgot in here. I'm hitting return, I'm hitting save. So the embedded file, it's increased it by a corresponding amount. Okay, so this is nearly seven MB and it's gone up nearly seven MB. Whereas let's do the same thing with linked file. Place linked the same file just brought in a slightly different way. It looks the same works the same way hit save, hit save, jump and check it. You can see here it's only gone up a tiny bit. The biggest drawback. Say somebody goes and deletes that one. Say I deleted goodbye, Photoshop goes, let's save. It freaks out. Doesn't really freak out. It actually works kind of fine. Can you see down here? The only thing that's changed is this little icon there? Little question mark saying yeah I can't find that file but if you look the preview in there is nice and you can get away with it being broken. If you do lose one often you can hit print and it's hard to tell that it's actually gone but if I go back and bring it back you can see the little link icon is back to normal. So that's the drawback is if somebody deletes the original file we've linked to it can cause drama. So when would you use each? Basically when I'm working by myself in my own little world, I often just in bed when I'm working at a larger agency where we're all sharing files and for us all to bring in the same graphic on lots of different documents. We're gonna have a kind of ballooning file size plus anybody needs to make an update to this linked file. Everyone's going to have to open up all the P. S. D. S and try and re link or at least updated based on that. So big agency work use a lot of linking me by myself working in my home office. I tend to just embed everything how to know what's embedded and what's linked. Little chain icon is for linked. Let's go to file in bed and check out this. I'm going to bring in the second graphic. You see the icon there just looks like a smart object. Okay, so a link graphic has a little link icon and an embedded icon is just a smart object. All right, don't do that. So this guy here on the left is embedded and this one on the right is linked. Let's say your file size is getting too big and you want this thing that was currently embedded. You wanted to link now. So all you do is right click this kind of gray area, not the thumbnail. And say I would like you to re link to a file. Please click on that original graphic. And now nothing much has changed except now it's linked to lower the file size and if updates are made to that original, it'll come along for the right. So two things to note about this updating. Okay, two linked files is that sometimes it does it without asking and then sometimes just won't do it at all. There's no kind of like happy medium. I feel So I've got this mock up graphic, which is this one will do mock up graphic one. Okay, I want to make a change to it. So I'm just going to open it up. But because this file is open, the one that it's placed into things happen differently. So I've got my original open, I want to open up that file, I want to make a change to it. Something obvious. I'm just gonna make it pink in the background, save it, close it and because this is open, it's just gone and updated. Didn't even tell you which is kind of cool. But also a little bit, I feel like there needs to be like a hey dan, something's changed. It's okay. We know what happened slightly differently though. If I close this down and save it, that file is not open anymore and now I go and make a change, you're now going to be green. Save close, go back to the original. Don't do that. Can you see that? It hasn't changed. Okay, so with it open, it goes in automatically goes, oh hey, you probably mean to update it. Whereas here it gives you this really subtle little like on here saying, hey, I've given you a tiny little suggestion that this thing is out of date and you can right click it anywhere and say update modified content. So just so you know with it open flows through nicely with it not open. It gives you just the teeniest tiny little hint. Also what you can do is instead of opening it separately, you can just double click on this like on here and we'll open up that original file. I'm gonna go back to that color that I had which I can't remember what it is. It's just pick it was that color awesome. Save close. Yes, please save and it's updated. So regardless of whether you have it linked or embedded, I'm going to show you a little trick. I'm going to distort this because it's a slinked object or a smart object. It doesn't matter. There's a cool little bit of workflow we can do so we mock it up. We say actually gonna get edit transform distort. I'm gonna get this looking kind of wanted to look like it's I don't know on an angle flying out, look at that. So I've used distorts. I'm also going to get it to clip to the background blue color There it is there. So I'm gonna move it down the layer order by holding we're holding down the command and square bracket until I find where is he down? Down down there he is there. So I got it just above it and if you've never done this before, you can hold down the option key on a Mac or old canopy c just to say clip to this blue box so it's all kind of tight in there with it selected as well. I'm going to say you my friend have filter and he's blur gallery and iris player. Well look at blurring a little bit later on properly irish is just a cool way of sitting like a target for a blue. So I wanted to be down and I want just this kind of like I'm faking depth of field. That's what I'm trying to do cocaine. So one of the perks for using file embedded rather than copy and paste is you can say actually I've, I like this one. I like the distortion or like the blur but I need the graphic to change. So mock up graphic one. I can right click anywhere in this great area and I'm going to say re link to file. So I'm gonna say actually I want to re link to this new version that I've got. Okay. This updated version. The cool thing about it is that you can see it's a different version. You might not just go to undo redo undo redo. I should have made them obvious but I've gone through and I've actually made this nicer or maybe it's version two or the next month's graphs. It's a monthly newsletter or an emailer. Just know that you can go through and go to re link to file and that doesn't matter whether you went file in bed or file place. Alright, one last thing to mention is that if you've got linked files and you want to send this PSD to somebody, you're going to have to send both this PhD in any linked files. But there's an easier way to do that. If you go to file and come down here to package, I'm gonna stick mine on my desktop. I'm going to click Tuesday here please. And it's just like packaging out of illustrator and in design it creates a folder with the same name as my PSD. And in here are any linked files. Here's my original PSD plus all the links. Okay. And it just means that I get to write like this, compress it and I can send that to somebody in an email or via dropbox and they have everything that they need. If you're on a pc, I think you're right, like the file and there's one that says send to and I think it says something like that. Alright, so that is the long version of embedded versus link in Photoshop. I'll see you in the next video