How do I place a large format image into Illustrator

I am trying to place a large format image that I created in Photoshop into Illustrator. I have tried PSD, TIFF, and JPG. I have even cropped down the image into smaller portions to try to make it easier to work with. Every time I try to Place the image I get a dialogue box saying,"The file 'Water 1.jpg' is in an unknown format and cannot be opened.' Can anyone help with this?

I would guess the file is simply too big.  Make sure the document is in RGB mode.  If I were you, I would never submit a file that size at 300ppi for large format.  Large or grand format printers only need around 100 to 144ppi at 100% final size.  Also, set the Illustrator file up at 25% scale and place the image at 25% @ 300ppi ( image resolution ends up around 75ppi which is still plenty when enlarged 400% to final size ).  Getting back to the original error message, it could be the system is running out of both RAM and scratch disk space and cannot deal with the preview required.  Better to scale the file down for large format.

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