I wonder if anyone can assist. I want to change the size of a bounding box without scaling the image i.e the image must stay the same size and bounding box shape and size can change. (similar to cropping the image). Can anyone tell me how to do this?
It's not possible. The bounding box of an object is intrinsic, it's not a separate transform. Simply add a rectangle of whtever size you need and group it with your image to get an object with padded borders.
It's not possible.
Really? Surely there must be a way of placing a photo within a bounding clipping box, such that the original aspect ratio of the photo is not destroyed beyond repair whenever the bounding box is resized (without having to re-place the photo).
I found one way. See my answer re temprorarily moving layers.
I am not sure if this is what you want.
Place an image.
Click the Mask button in the Options bar.
Make the mask larger or smaller.
You can also give it a color.
As I (mis)understand it, you may create a rectangle corresponding (in size and position) to the part of the image you want visible, then select both and Ctrl/Cmd+7 (Object>Clipping Mask>Make).
If you wish to really get rid of the outlying parts, you may do the dirty deed (or crop in Photoshop or something).
Clipping placed (linked) images with the bounding box has been possible for a long time (since AI 9 or 10). But its implementation has always been pretty bumpy.
1. Place an image (linked)
2. Select the image, go to the Links palette menu and choose Placement Options. Use the following settings:
Now select the image and clip it with the bounding box.
I don't recommend this method because it may cause some serious trouble. For example, it used to reset the clipping bounding box as soon as you embedded the image. You can avoid that by doing an Object > Rasterize command, but that's just another workaround.
What would be the benefit of having a larger bounding box?
It's probably not the same situation as the OP's, but I'm looking to make the bounding box of one of my objects larger because it's interfering with my work in After Effects after I've puppeted the object.
If you mean that the content image resizes as you drag the outer bounding box - uncheck 'Autofit' in the top tools ribbon
Sorry - I thought it was an InDesign question
Maybe group a no fill/stroke rectangle with your artwork. Make the rectangle the desired size of the bounding box.
You can use the solution by Ray just above this post (larger nostroke/nofill rectangle).
In case anyone still wants to do this, I was able to in Illustrator 2020 CC. I had placed image files from Photoshop into Illustrator (on the same layer) and most of them had huge bounding boxes surrounding a smaller image. It was awkward to try and select a particular image with another image's bounding box getting in the way. So, I first placed each seperate image on its own layer, then locked and hid all the layers except the top one. Working on the top layer, I placed a rectangle over the image at the size I wanted the bounding box to be. I then Selected All on the Active Artboard, right-clicked and chose Make a Clipping Mask. This resulted in a way smaller bounding box with the image inside of it, good enough for my needs. I then locked and hid this layer, and proceeded to follow the same steps with each layer down the stack. I did it this way so I wouldn't inadvertently change something or get distracted by everything else going on in the document.
Thanks for that tip, it worked a treat.
I was trying to do a monogram wall art, but the bounding box around the letter was way bigger and it wasn't even.
This was making it awkward to use the align tool to centre it.
I made a rectangle to cover just the letter and made a clipping mask.
Thanks again for the tip.
Yes you can. No need to group with any other rectangle on the top of it. Select the box with the image, and then make a cliping mask of it (menu or command/ctrl+7). The bounding box will clip the image when resizing by the handles.
I am not so sure if it's the same problem you had. But my issue was I wanted to place an artwork inside another artwork but its bounding box was bigger than I wanted but I couldn't crop it after placing. Later on I came to find out that you can crop the image/artwork just before placing as shown in the image below.
Use the Layers panel to temporarily 'move' the image(s) you don't want resized so their layers are not children/descendents of the bounding box (or path) you want to resize. Then resize the box as desired. Finally, restore the original layers structure (so the image is once again cropped/clipped to the box you just resized). The layers temporarily moved out of the Clip Group will retain their original size and placement.
There ought to be an option to resize the Clip Group without repositioning or resizing its content, but if that is genuinely lacking, the above workaround also allows some but not all of the content to be resized and/or moved.