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I am trying to arrange some embedded images in Illustrator to create a pattern. Using the Selection tool, I am able to click on all the images to move them, except for one. All the images are PNGs that were created the same way, placed in Illustrator, and then embedded. I have tried to delete the image and place/embed it again, but I still cannot select it with the Selection tool unless I move my cursor to the edge of the bounding box and select the bounding box, or unless I click and drag over the image to select it. Once it's been selected, I still have to move the image by clicking right on the bounding box edge to do so. This is obviously frustrating, as it inhibits workflow because of A) not being able to remember which specific image I have to be so specific about and B) when the image overlaps other images, I could easily click on the wrong thing if not being super precise and careful.

 

I have checked my Selection & Anchor Display prefences, and the "Object Selection by Path Only" is not checked. I have restarted my computer 3x and it is still doing this, and I have recently updated my Illustrator.

 

**EDIT: I just realized there is actually another image that this is now happening with in the same file.

***SECOND EDIT: I get the names of Direct Selection and Selection tool confused all the time. I have been using the Selection tool.

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Selection Tool not working on some images

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I am trying to arrange some embedded images in Illustrator to create a pattern. Using the Selection tool, I am able to click on all the images to move them, except for one. All the images are PNGs that were created the same way, placed in Illustrator, and then embedded. I have tried to delete the image and place/embed it again, but I still cannot select it with the Selection tool unless I move my cursor to the edge of the bounding box and select the bounding box, or unless I click and drag over the image to select it. Once it's been selected, I still have to move the image by clicking right on the bounding box edge to do so. This is obviously frustrating, as it inhibits workflow because of A) not being able to remember which specific image I have to be so specific about and B) when the image overlaps other images, I could easily click on the wrong thing if not being super precise and careful.

 

I have checked my Selection & Anchor Display prefences, and the "Object Selection by Path Only" is not checked. I have restarted my computer 3x and it is still doing this, and I have recently updated my Illustrator.

 

**EDIT: I just realized there is actually another image that this is now happening with in the same file.

***SECOND EDIT: I get the names of Direct Selection and Selection tool confused all the time. I have been using the Selection tool.

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Have you tried using the Selection Tool (black arrow) instead of the Direct Selection Tool? I'm wondering if that will get you what you need. Also, can you select the image and take a screen shot for us to see?

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I'm so sorry, I get the names confused! I am using the selection tool.

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Also, I am trying to take a screenshot, but my cursor won't show up in the screenshot...

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Okay, sorry for the image quality, but I ended up taking photos of my screen with my phone in order to get the cursor in the image. The red circle is one of the images I have a problem with, and the green triangle does not have this issue. Nothing is locked, there are no clipping masks.

 

 

 

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On these images I can't see the cursor or the bounding box or the anchor points or what's in the layers panel.

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Probably there is a clipping mask applied to it. Can you open the layers panel and check that? And if so you can release the mask.

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There is no clipping mask applied. It is just an image, and in the layers panel, when selected, it is just an image, not a group or clip group.

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I found this post looking for the answer to this same issue. There was no solution here, so I experimented more with what I have. I'm not sure if this is a solution to this issue everytime, but I found what was causing it in my situation.

I placed two images that are 900x900(px). I was unable to select them except for by clicking exactly on the border. Also, unable to move them except by clicking on the border.

The images were 900x900(px), 900"x900" at 1ppi. I opened the images in photoshop and resized them to 900x900(px), 3"x3" at 300ppi. When I switched back to Illustrator the links updated and I was then able to manipulate them normally.

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