In illustrator, when editing the dimensions of a linked file. How do you reset the bounding box
In Illustrator, I have a file that I have placed however I've modified the dimensions of the file and using the 'links' panel I've set the size to the file dimensions.
However the bounding box of the object, is still the old outdated dimensions. How can I reset the bounding box to the actual size of the object?
If I understand your question you have placed a linked image, resized the image in Illustrator by scaling/dragging the bounding box, and changed the Placement Options to File Dimensions. Here's how you can get back to where you started:
- In the Links pane, change Placement Options back to Transforms.
- In the Links pane double-click the linked image, notice the values next to Transform. For example "Scale (H,V): (22%, 22%)" indicates I've uniformly shrunk the image to 22% of it's original size both horizontally and vertically.
- Calculate the reverse scaling with the following formula:
where Pct is the percentage found in the link info, 22% in this example. The resulting calculation is
The value is multiplied by 100 to convert the result from the scale of 0-1 to 0-100, suitable for the Scale Tool dialog. This also works if the percentages are larger than 100%
100/22*100 = 454.54
- Select your placed image.
- Double-click on the Scale Tool in the toolbar, type 454.54 in the "Uniform" box, click Ok.
If you have scaled the image by different amounts horizontally and vertically you'll have to calculate two values, one for each, and use the Scale Tool's Non-Uniform box.
I'm using Illustrator CS5 for Windows.