The Place command is the primary method of importing, because it provides the highest level of support for file formats, placement options, and color. After you place a file, use the Links panel to identify, select, monitor, and update it.
Open the Illustrator document into which you want to place the artwork.
Choose File > Place, and select the file you want to place.
Deselect Link to embed the artwork in the Illustrator document.
If applicable, do one of the following:
If you place a PDF file with multiple pages, you can choose which page you want to place and how to crop the artwork.
If you embed an Adobe® Photoshop® file, you can choose how to convert layers. If the file contains layer comps, you can also choose which version of the image to import.
You’ve already seen how the Direct Selection Tool can be used to move individual points of an object, and the Selection Tool can manually scale or re-size any object. There are also several built-in options for transforming objects. The two easiest options are the Transform menu and the Transform Tools. To use the basic Transform Tools, select an object, then the tool or the right item in the Transform menu.
To apply transformations to an object using the menus, select the object, then go to the Object menu and select Transform. The advantage of the menus is that numeric values can be specified – Scale 150%, Rotate 32°, etc.
To move the shape, use the Selection Tool to click and drag it to its new location.
To resize the shape, drag the “handles” with the Selection Tool – hold down the Shift key to keep it proportionate.
To move individual points of the shape, use the Direct Selection Tool ().