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Flipping an image with reflect tool creates long bounding box

Participant ,
Nov 30, 2018 Nov 30, 2018

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maxOS High Sierra , v 10.13.6

Illustrator V 23.0.1

When I flip an image with the reflect tool, it creates a long bounding box around the image, as if there is an invisible element that's part of the image way off to the side or below. This makes it very difficult to scale the image an any productive way.  The solution, flip the image in another application before brining it into Illustrator.

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Nov 30, 2018 Nov 30, 2018

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Can you show before and after?

How do you select that image? Is it embedded or linked?

WHen was your last computer restart?

What happens when you close and reopen the file? It might make sense to save it as a different version, just in case your file got corrupted.

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Dec 01, 2018 Dec 01, 2018

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The before and after is easy. Before it looks normal, and when flipped it then has the extra long bounding box. 

I last restarted a day ago. 

It isn't repeatable with a newly created document. But the error is reproducible on these files I'm currently working on. I don't know what the difference is.  This document I'm working on has many images and graphical elements, so maybe it's a memory thing?  Maybe it doesn't happen until the file gets really big, or something else like another operation triggers it. 

To test one of those theories, I removed all but one image from the document and then saved it.  Reopened it, and flipped the image. The error still occurs.  Attached is the file with the image. Can you test it, flip it with the reflect tool and see if it happens for you? 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/lf2gujf4s9ywzqi/reflect-test.ai.zip?dl=0

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Dec 01, 2018 Dec 01, 2018

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I cannot reproduce the behaviour in your sample file, but I have seen it a couple of times in other documents which contained a lot of clipping mask constructions that were released by degrees.

Can't explain it. Maybe it is a bug that appears only sometimes.

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Dec 01, 2018 Dec 01, 2018

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Saw the same thing after I moved the photo around a little;

a cartoon magnet lurking just below the artboards.,,,

Could indesign be a better tool for the task?

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Apr 14, 2023 Apr 14, 2023

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To resolve the issue of a too-long bounding box after reflecting an image in Adobe Illustrator, you can use a workaround by resetting the bounding box. To do this, you can follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the reflected image to select it.
  2. From the context menu, choose "Transform".
  3. From the "Transform" submenu, select "Reset Bounding Box".

This should reset the bounding box of the image to its proper size and shape.

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